Watch this space throughout the latest election news from Eastern Iowa and beyond. Your curator for the evening is Sarah Binder, and make sure to follow all of The Gazette's reporters on Twitter. Last updated: 10:35 p.m.
Iowa polls closed at 9 p.m.
Almost instantaneously after polls closed in Iowa, several national news sources declared Sen. Chuck Grassley the winner of his race against Patty Judge. The victory is historic as 83-year-old Grassley becomes the first Iowan to be directly elected to his seventh six-year term as a senator in Washington, D.C.
In Iowa's 1st Congressional District, Democrat Monica Vernon has conceded to Republican incumbent Rod Blum. In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District incumbent Democrat Dave Loebsack has opened a sizeable lead over challenger Christopher Peters. See more on our results page.
Locally, Stacey Walker has made history as the first African American to be elected to the Linn County Board of Supervisors. Democrats took all three Linn County Supervisor races.
Also in Linn County, incumbent Democrat Brian Gardner has defeated challenger Rick Stewart in the race for Linn County Sheriff. Around the country, if voters approve initiatives Tuesday permitting the use of recreational marijuana, nearly a quarter of all Americans could live in areas where recreational cannabis is legal. (Legalizing recreational cannabis has been a major campaign issue for Stewart.) States with the initiative on the ballot include California, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine. Read more here.
Around the country:
Despite fears, Justice Department officials, Homeland Security Department officials and other lawyers reported few problems with voter fraud and intimidation at polling places around the country.
On gun control, another key issue for many voters, opinion polls show gun control-related ballot measures, including an initiative to mandate universal background checks for firearm sales in Maine and Nevada, are expected to pass in four states on Tuesday. Read more here.
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