One MAGA Republican won House District 29 in Iowa, and that’s a big thing!
It’s so big because this hasn’t happened for decades. Fort is the first time a Republican has flipped the seat! It was an electoral wipe-out.
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Republican Jon Dunwell wins District 29 special election https://t.co/dOOxZWrQ6b
— KCCI News (@KCCINews) October 13, 2021
🚨SPECIAL ELECTION – IOWA STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 29🚨
Democrat – Steve Mullan (https://t.co/tOxdF8h6EM)
Election Date -🗓️THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH🗓️
Area – Newton, Jasper
Dems only held this seat by 3 points in '20 after winning it by *17* points in '18.
Please spread the word! pic.twitter.com/2s3SZFos9m
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) October 6, 2021
— Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (@IowaSOS) October 13, 2021
The tides are turning, and you know that House District was a Democrat seat, and they always won 20% more.
However, when Trump ran, the results for it were neck-and-neck.
Local Newton Daily News reported:
Jon Dunwell has been elected the new representative of Iowa House District 29, according to the unofficial results of the special election released Oct. 12 by the Jasper County Auditor’s Office. Upon a successful canvass, Dunwell, a Republican, will have flipped a seat long held by a Democratic representative.
The Jasper County Auditor’s Office reported a total of 4,717 ballots cast, of which 2,820 voted for Dunwell (59.81 percent) while 1,890 voted for Democratic candidate Steve Mullan (40.08 percent); five write-ins were received and two ballots were turned in blank.
Jasper County has 21,409 voters, which means the Iowa House District 29 special election had a 22.03 percent voter turnout.
Dunwell was surrounded by friends and family in Newton when he learned he’d won, unofficially at least. It was “unbelievably exciting” to see the results, he told Newton News, and it is humbling to learn the voters of Iowa House District 29 have given him this opportunity to serve as a representative of the statehouse.
“Community engagement is very important to me. Being out and among people is very important to me. Giving everyone a seat at the table is very important to me,” Dunwell said. “I have a conservative philosophy. My passion is for Jasper County and Iowa. The team that I work with is for the Republicans.”
The party is not the ends, he added, but rather the means or the process by which Dunwell can live out his conservative principles. Jasper County Republican Party Chairperson Thad Nearmyer was cautiously optimistic leading up to Election Night, especially when Dunwell had campaigned for the seat before.
Wes Breckenridge held his seat against Dunwell in the 2020 election. But in September the Democratic legislator and former police officer announced he would be stepping down as representative of Iowa House District 29 after accepting a job at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
Even after Dunwell’s loss to Breckenridge in the 2020 election, Nearmyer said he never really stopped campaigning. Dunwell regularly posted to his candidate page on Facebook, and when the news broke the seat would be up for grabs, he wasted no time in announcing his plans to run and began soliciting donations.
The mainstream media doesn’t cover this, and they won’t even admit the win!
The numbers couldn’t be clearer.
FLIP ALERT: In Iowa House District 29, Republican Jon Dunwell has won a special election to gain the seat for his party
— USA Election Watch (@electionwatchus) October 13, 2021
Congratulations to Jon Dunwell for becoming the newly elected representative for House District 29. Jon will be a great voice for Jasper County. I look forward to having him in our caucus. #IALegis #IAPolitics https://t.co/OPTAPMqw5a
— Speaker Pat Grassley (@PatGrassley) October 13, 2021
District 29 belonged to the Dems for half a century. But, something has changed.
The Des Moines Register reported that Republicans won District 29.
Republican Jon Dunwell has won a special election for the Iowa House, flipping a Newton-based district that Democrats have held for years.
Dunwell led Democrat Steve Mullan Tuesday night with 60% of the vote, a difference of 930 votes, according to the Jasper County Auditor’s Office. The results are unofficial until they are certified by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors.
Dunwell, 55, is a pastor and financial services representative who has lived in Newton with his wife for 10 years. They have two children and two dogs. Previously, he was a pastor in Orlando, Florida, for 21 years.
In a statement Tuesday night, Dunwell said he was feeling grateful.
“Thank you, Jasper County, for putting your faith in me to be your voice in the Iowa Statehouse,” he said in the statement. “Throughout this campaign, I have had the honor of hearing from so many of you — those who agreed with me and those who offered opposing viewpoints. I have learned so much and am eager to get to work representing each and every one of you.”
Tuesday was Dunwell’s second time running for the Iowa House. He previously sought the seat in 2020, losing to then-Rep. Wes Breckenridge, D-Newton, by 3 percentage points.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called the special election when Breckenridge stepped down last month after taking a job at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
Iowa House District 29 includes Newton, Colfax, Mingo, Kellogg, Prairie City, Baxter and parts of rural Jasper County.
Dunwell’s victory means Republicans will widen their majority in the Iowa House to 60-40.
It’s the second special election win for the GOP this fall. Last month, Republican Mike Bousselot won a competitive race to keep an Ankeny-based Iowa House seat under GOP control.
Top Iowa Republicans quickly congratulated Dunwell on his victory.
“Iowans have spoken loud and clear in these last two special elections about the direction we are taking the state,” Reynolds said in a statement. “Candidates who stood strongly for parental choice, personal responsibility, and pro-growth policies were successful. And we are just getting started.”
“Jon has flipped a seat held by Democrats for decades,” House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, said in a statement. “This is further confirmation that Iowans are resoundingly rejecting the liberal policies coming from D.C. and influencing the Democratic Party in Iowa.”