On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the midterm elections were held across the country.
This area had a heated congressional race between U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, the Republican incumbent; his Democratic challenger Abby Finkenauer; and Troy Hageman, a Libertarian. They were vying for Blum’s seat in the house of representatives.
Finkenauer won with 169,348 votes, beating Blum, who had 152,940 votes, and Hageman, who had 10,228 votes.
At 29 years of age, Finkenauer is not only one of the youngest members in the U.S. House. Finkenauer also becomes the first Democrat to represent Iowa in Congress since 2015.
This election had the highest turnout in 50 years with an estimated 113 million Americans coming out to vote. That’s a 31 million increase from the 2014 midterm elections that had 83 million votes.