Politics & Elections
Wed June 6, 2012
Voter turnout low in Tuesday's Iowa Primary Election
Less than ten percent of registered voters cast ballots in two western Iowa counties in Tuesday’s primary election.
Unofficial election results from Pottawattamie County show voter turnout was about 4.5 percent. In Harrison County, turnout was 7.8 percent.
Due to redistricting, Iowa will have one less Congressional District. Western Iowa voters will choose a new District Three or District Four representative in November.
Republican Tom Latham and Democrat Leonard Boswell are running for the District Three seat. Boswell is the current District Three representative. Latham represents District Four.
Fifth District Congressman Steve King, a Republican, and Democratic candidate Christie Vilsack are running for the District Four seat. Vilsack is the wife of Ag Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.
Longtime Democratic State Senator Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs will face Republican Al Ringgenberg in the District 8 Senate race. Gronstal is currently the Iowa Senate Majority Leader.
Republican candidate Mark Brandenburg and Democratic candidate George Warren Yaple are running for District 15 State Representative. Brandenburg is an incumbent.
Incumbent Republican Representative Mary Ann Hanusa will have a challenger in the District 16 race. Heidi Guggisberg-Coners won the Democratic primary.
Republican Jason Schultz and Democrat Kasey Friedrichsen are running for the District 18 seat in the Iowa Legislature.