Democrat Cindy Axne Defeats GOP David Young for Iowa House Seat

FILE - This combination of file photos shows Iowa 3rd Congressional District candidates in the November 2018 election from left, Republican incumbent Rep. David Young and Democrat Cindy Axne. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File

Democrat Cindy Axne defeated incumbent Republican David Young on Tuesday in the midterm elections for Iowa’s Third Congressional District seat.

The race was rated a toss-up by RealClearPolitics. Axne ran on economic challenges facing Iowans and distanced herself from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Axne is the owner of a small graphic design company and is a community activist. Young is a second-term congressman and former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

The district includes Des Moines, its suburbs, and conservative small towns near the Missouri River, according to KCRG. Although Young, a conservative, had won re-election in 2016 by 14 points, an energized Democratic base and anxiety over trade helped boost Axne.

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