The Green Papers: Iowa 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 5 June 2018
✓ General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Friday 16 March 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 5 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-9:00p CDT (1200-0200 UTC).
Saturday 25 August 2018 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-9:00p CST (1300-0300 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:3,053,787 (0.99% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:6(1.12% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:4(0.92% of 435)
Capital:Des Moines
 

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Iowa State and Local Government


Under State law, a candidate in a Primary must receive at least 35% of the vote in that Primary to win a Party's nomination. If no candidate receives 35% in the Primary, the nominee is chosen by the State Convention of the Party.

Voters must be registered voters of either the Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican parties (Iowa's "Political Parties") to participate in the primary election [Iowa Administrative Code §39.3, 43.1, 43.2, 43.3]. Voters can change their party affiliation anytime before election day or at their polling place on election day. Other parties are considered "Non-Party Political Organizations" in Iowa and candidates are nominated by nomination petitions or a nominating convention.


Election Calendar from the Iowa Secretary of State.

Candidate's Guide to the Primary Election from the Iowa Secretary of State.

Candidate List June 5, 2018 Primary Election from the Iowa Secretary of State.

5 June 2018 Primary
Results from the Iowa Secretary of State.
Results from The New York Times
Results from Politico


6 November 2018
2018 General Election Candidate List from the Iowa Secretary of State.
Certified returns from the Iowa Secretary of State.
Certified returns from the Iowa Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Joni K. Ernst
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Joni K. Ernst
FEC S4IA00129

Class 3 Republican Senator  Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
First elected: 1980; re-elected: 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016.
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1974, 1976, 1978]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
FEC S0IA00028

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Republican Governor  Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
Ascended to the Governor's Chair: 24 May 2017 [re: Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resignation to become Ambassador to China].
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 3 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 667,275 50.01% Governor  Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg
  Candidate Democratic 630,986 47.29% Fred Hubbell
for Lieutenant Governor: state Senator Rita R. Hart
  Candidate Libertarian 21,426 1.61% Jake Porter
for Lieutenant Governor: Lynne Gentry
  Candidate Clear Water Party of Iowa 7,463 0.56% Gary Siegwarth
for Lieutenant Governor: Natalia Blaskovich
  Candidate Scattering 5,707 0.43% Under Votes
  Candidate Scattering 934 0.07% Over Votes
  Candidate Scattering 488 0.04% Write-in
Total 1,334,279 100.00%  
  

Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resigned on 24 May 2017. The Governor was nominated on 7 December 2016 by President-elect Trump to be Ambassador to China, accepted the nomination on 13 December 2016, and on 23 May 2017 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, 82-13. Governor Branstad served as Governor from 1983 to 1999 and 2011 to 2017, 22 years in all and was last elected in 2014.


Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

Seat up for regular election Republican Lieutenant Governor  Adam Gregg
Appointed: 25 May 2017 [re: Lieutenant Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds ascension to the Governor's Chair on 24 May 2017].
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 

Lieutenant Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, ascended to the Governor's Chair on 24 May 2017 after Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resigned [re: appointment as Ambassador to China in the Trump Administration].
On 25 May 2017, Governor Kim Reynolds selected State Public Defender Adam Gregg as her Lieutenant Governor.


115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Renominated);
1 Democratic (1 Renominated)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 3 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 170,342 50.46% state Representative  Abby Finkenauer
FEC H8IA01094; 26 Nov 18; Tot $4,565,302; Dsb $4,533,658
  Candidate Republican 153,442 45.45% Congressman  Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum
FEC H2IA01055; 26 Nov 18; Tot $2,812,962; Dsb $2,757,210
  Candidate Libertarian 10,285 3.05% Troy Hageman
FEC H8IA01136
  Candidate Scattering 3,174 0.94% Under Votes
  Candidate Scattering 176 0.05% Over Votes
  Candidate Scattering 174 0.05% Write-in
Total 337,593 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 4 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 171,446 53.87% Congressman  David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack
FEC H6IA02146; 26 Nov 18; Tot $2,060,038; Dsb $2,338,784
  Candidate Republican 133,287 41.88% Christopher "Chris" Peters
FEC H6IA02161; 26 Nov 18; Tot $846,951; Dsb $852,214
  Candidate Libertarian 6,181 1.94% Mark David Strauss
FEC H8IA02092
  Candidate Scattering 4,774 1.50% Under Votes
  Candidate No Party 1,837 0.58% Daniel Clark
FEC H8IA02100
  Candidate Scattering 582 0.18% Over Votes
  Candidate Scattering 162 0.05% Write-in
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Ginny Caligiuri
27 March 2018: Insufficient petition signatures. Running as a write-in.

FEC H8IA02084; 18 Oct 18; Tot $61,852; Dsb $61,852
Total 318,269 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  David Young
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (6, 3 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 175,642 48.71% Cindy Axne
FEC H8IA03124; 26 Nov 18; Tot $5,193,274; Dsb $5,152,553
  Candidate Republican 167,933 46.57% Congressman  David Young
FEC H4IA03115; 26 Nov 18; Tot $2,831,447; Dsb $2,873,138
  Candidate Libertarian 7,267 2.02% Bryan Jack Holder
FEC H4IA03149
  Candidate Scattering 4,041 1.12% Under Votes
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now 2,015 0.56% Mark Elworth, Jr.
FEC H8IA03199
  Candidate Green; (Democratic) 1,888 0.52% Paul Knupp, Jr.
FEC H8IA03140
  Candidate No Party 1,301 0.36% Joe Grandanette
FEC H4IA03123
  Candidate Scattering 322 0.09% Over Votes
  Candidate Scattering 195 0.05% Write-in
Total 360,604 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Steven A. "Steve" King
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 3 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 157,676 49.61% Congressman  Steven A. "Steve" King
FEC H2IA05072; 26 Nov 18; Tot $875,487; Dsb $943,374
  Candidate Democratic 147,246 46.33% James D. "JD" Scholten
FEC H8IA04106; 26 Nov 18; Tot $3,310,102; Dsb $3,200,788
  Candidate Libertarian 6,161 1.94% Charles Aldrich
FEC H8IA04155
  Candidate Scattering 4,390 1.38% Under Votes
  Candidate No Party 1,962 0.62% Edward Peterson
FEC H8IA04163
  Candidate Scattering 206 0.06% Write-in
  Candidate Scattering 172 0.05% Over Votes
Total 317,813 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  Paul D. Pate
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 3 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 685,780 51.40% Secretary of State  Paul D. Pate
  Candidate Democratic 583,774 43.75% Deidre DeJear
  Candidate Scattering 32,987 2.47% Under Votes
  Candidate Libertarian 30,881 2.31% Jules Ofenbakh
  Candidate Scattering 482 0.04% Write-in
  Candidate Scattering 375 0.03% Over Votes
Total 1,334,279 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Democratic Attorney General  Tom Miller
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 1978; re-elected: 1982, 1986; elected again: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 3 write-ins)
  Elected Democratic 880,531 65.99% Attorney General  Tom Miller
  Candidate Libertarian 262,131 19.65% Marco Battaglia
5 June 2018: Insufficient number of votes in the Libertarian Gubernatorial primary.
June 2018: Nominated by convention.
  Candidate Scattering 182,920 13.71% Under Votes
  Candidate Scattering 8,237 0.62% Write-in
  Candidate Scattering 460 0.03% Over Votes
Total 1,334,279 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Democratic Treasurer Michael L. "Mike" Fitzgerald
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 1982; re-elected: 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 3 write-ins)
  Elected Democratic 710,426 53.24% Treasurer Michael L. "Mike" Fitzgerald
  Candidate Republican 553,691 41.50% former Ames City Councilman Jeremy N. Davis
  Candidate Scattering 38,104 2.86% Under Votes
  Candidate Libertarian 31,268 2.34% Timothy Hird
  Candidate Scattering 465 0.03% Write-in
  Candidate Scattering 325 0.02% Over Votes
Total 1,334,279 100.00%  

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor Mary Mosiman
Appointed: 13 May 2013 re: resignation of Auditor David A. "Dave" Vaudt. First elected: 2014.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 3 write-ins)
  Elected Democratic 660,169 49.48% former Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand
  Candidate Republican 601,320 45.07% Auditor Mary Mosiman
  Candidate Scattering 38,538 2.89% Under Votes
  Candidate Libertarian 33,421 2.50% Fred Perryman
  Candidate Scattering 458 0.03% Write-in
  Candidate Scattering 373 0.03% Over Votes
Total 1,334,279 100.00%  

Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  Mike Naig
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
Appointed: 1 March 2018 (re: Bill Northey's confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated - Since no one received 35% of the vote in the 5 June primary, the nominee will be selected by the 16 June Republican State Convention. Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Mike Naig received the greatest number of votes (34.74%) in the primary.
The Republican State Convention renominated Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Mike Naig on 16 June.
 Candidate list (3, 3 write-ins)
  Elected Republican 651,552 48.83% Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  Mike Naig
5 June 2018: Received 34.7% in the primary.
16 June 2018: Renominated by Convention.
  Candidate Democratic 602,916 45.19% Tim Gannon
  Candidate Scattering 39,919 2.99% Under Votes
  Candidate Libertarian 38,965 2.92% Rick Stewart
  Candidate Scattering 597 0.04% Write-in
  Candidate Scattering 330 0.02% Over Votes
Total 1,334,279 100.00%  
  
Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey (Republican), who was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, resigned following his U.S. Senate 27 February 2018 confirmation as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On 18 January 2018 he stated that he would not seek re-election.
On 1 March 2018, Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds (Republican) named Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Deputy Secretary Mike Naig as the new Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. He will serve the remainder of Northey’s term.
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 11 candidates
  Republican: 10 incumbents, 12 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 10 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Clear Water Party of Iowa: 1 candidate
  Legal Marijuana Now: 1 candidate
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  No Party: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 30 candidates
  Write-in: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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