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5 factoids from Iowa's 2018 election results

Brian McGrath votes in the midterm election at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Brian McGrath votes in the midterm election at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

• Both won statewide elections Tuesday, but Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate garnered more votes than did Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. Pate won 681,088 to Reynolds’ 662,633, or nearly 3 percent more.

• Although Reynolds won 88 counties, she lagged behind Democratic rival Fred Hubbell in total votes in three of the state’s four U.S. House districts. It was Northwest Iowa’s 4th District that put her over the top, where she was up 65,289 votes — giving her a net total win of 39,534 votes.

• Democratic State Auditor candidate Rob Sand earned more votes than did Democratic gubernatorial candidate Hubbell. Sand, who won his statewide race, received 652,289 votes. Hubbell, who lost his, received 623,099. That’s a gap of nearly 5 percent.

• In the 2016 presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton won only six counties: Polk, Story, Black Hawk, Linn, Johnson and Scott. Tuesday, Hubbell won the same six but added five, all in Eastern Iowa: Dubuque, Clinton, Des Moines, Lee and Jefferson.

• Overall Iowa voter turnout was 60.94 percent. The two counties representing the highest and lowest turnout rates are both in the 3rd U.S. House District: Ringgold (highest in Iowa) with 71.45 percent and Pottawattamie (lowest in Iowa) at 52.48 percent.

Source: Iowa Secretary of State’s Office

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