Iowa’s 2022 midterm election results including governor and senate
Here the results to 8 key races in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
The Democratic candidate in an eastern Iowa House race is ahead by six votes after Scott County completed an administrative recount of its absentee ballots Friday.
Democrat Craig Cooper leads Republican Luana Stoltenberg in Davenport’s Iowa House District 81 with 5,093 votes to her 5,087, according to unofficial results.
Before the administrative recount, which election officials called after finding a discrepancy in their absentee ballot tabulations, Stoltenberg had been ahead by 29 votes.
“It has been an amazing day on a long, rewarding journey,” Cooper said in a statement Friday. “I look forward to serving all the residents of Iowa House District 81. I pledge to start every day thinking about the people I represent.”
Scott County’s board of supervisors will meet Monday to canvass the results, and candidates will have three business days after that canvass if they want to request a recount of an individual race.
Stoltenberg plans to ask for her own recount of the House District 81 race said Melissa Deatsch, a spokesperson for Iowa House Republicans.
If Democrats ultimately win the seat, they’ll still be in the minority. There are a handful of legislative races around the state where the Associated Press has not called a winner.
If each party wins all the seats where they are currently leading, Republicans would have a 63-37 majority in the Iowa House. That’s a gain of three seats for Republicans and a loss of three seats for Democrats.
Scott County election officials began conducting a machine recount of the absentee ballots on Tuesday, but the machines repeatedly jammed during the process, said Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins. So the county conducted a hand recount Thursday and a final machine recount Friday, she said.
“Every legal ballot that we have received by the deadline has been counted and we know that the machine matched it,” Tompkins said.
Tompkins said the county conducted the recount in public and that Iowans should have confidence in the results.
“Every legal ballot has been within our custody, under lock, seal and camera during this entire process,” Tompkins said.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate thanked Scott County for conducting the recount in a statement Friday.
“Accuracy is the most important factor in elections, and we want to make sure the results are correct before they are certified,” Pate said. “The checks and balances we have in place caught the error and I extend my thanks to Scott County for fixing it in a transparent, bipartisan manner. The integrity of Iowa’s elections is once again upheld.”
Which other Iowa House races will see recounts this year?
Candidates in several close Iowa House contests this year have indicated their plans to request recounts of their races, in addition to Stoltenberg.
Aside from Scott County, the deadline to request a recount in most counties was Friday at 5 p.m.
State Rep. Garrett Gobble, R-Ankeny, said he would request a recount of the Iowa House District 42 race, where he trails Democrat Heather Matson by 23 votes, 49.9% to 50.1%.
Republican Sarah Abdouch requested a recount in the open Iowa House District 20 seat in Council Bluffs. She trails Democrat Josh Turek by seven votes.
Republican Jennifer Smith has requested a recount in Iowa House District 72 in Dubuque, where she trails Democratic Rep. Chuck Isenhart by 95 votes.
In Cerro Gordo County, Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman told KIMT earlier this month that her Republican opponent, Doug Campbell, planned to request a recount in the Iowa House District 59 race. The Associated Press has declared Steckman the winner of that race. She leads Campbell by 6%, or 739 votes.
Stephen Gruber-Miller covers the Iowa Statehouse and politics for the Register. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 515-284-8169. Follow him on Twitter at @sgrubermiller.