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Senator Jeff Danielson reacts to Senate flipping to Republican control

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Senator Jeff Danielson is part of a dwindling group following last week's election.

Last Tuesday's Election Night was a very big one for Republicans in Iowa, after Donald Trump won the state's six electoral votes and the party extended its edge in the Iowa House by two seats. In the State Senate, the GOP also took control, which put Danielson in a deficit as he nears the start of another term.

Before results were in on Tuesday, we asked Senator Danielson about the Senate possibly flipping.

He said, "I have always talked about working together and making sure we are solving problems on behalf of Iowans and I will continue to do that, regardless of who is in control of the legislature.

A week later, with the Senate now in fact under Republican control, Danielson has the same attitude.

He says, "I look forward to working across the aisle and making sure that my District, the Cedar Valley, gets the kind of investments and benefits from these policies that we expect."

Like others though, he's still a little shocked.

"Just knowing the District and what was possible, I never would have believed the margin of victory. I was still in disbelief that the work we were doing would show that kind of support," he says.

He says some Democrats have some work to do.

"My advice to the Democrats is to be more evidence-based in your decision making and understand the voters for who they are..not the ones you wish were there," he says.

In the end it's about the voters and Danielson says he's looking beyond party lines to make it work for Iowans.

"Parties are a beginning not an end," he says.

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