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.