Clovis, Branstad, and Meis Win Plymouth County
(Le Mars) -- It's Meis...Branstad...and Clovis as the winners in Plymouth County from Tuesday's primary election. A total of 2,058 votes were cast in Plymouth County. John Meis was able to defeat Harold Hadden for the District One Supervisor race. Meis was able to win in each of the 13 precincts and the absentee ballots. Meis, a civil engineer, had a total of 1,172 votes against Hadden's 483. John Meis will be the name listed on the ballot for the general election to be held in November.
Governor Terry Branstad easily defeated Republican challenger Tom Hoeffling in Plymouth County's primary race. Branstad, who visited Le Mars as recently as last Thursday, accumulated 1641 votes. Hoeffling earned 271 votes.
In the five-way race for the U.S. Senate, Sam Clovis, a resident of Plymouth County, was able to win his home county by a four to one margin over any other opponet. Clovis earned 1,416 votes with the next closest candidate was State Senator Joni Ernst with 375 votes, Mark Jacobs, a former utility company executive, gained 134 votes, Auto dealer Scott Schaben had 7 votes, and District Attorney Matt Whitaker received 26 votes.
(Des Moines) -- As for the rest of the state's election results, State Senator Joni Ernst was able to defeat the rest of the field of candidates by receiving more than 55 percent of the votes for the Republican nomination for U-S Senator. Ernst's margin of victory assures she will be the republican nominee, and the decision will not be made at the State Republican Convention. Ernst will now face Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley in the November general election for the U-S Senate seat being vacated by long-time Democratic Senator Tom Harkin.
(Sioux City) -- Morningside College professor Sam Clovis went from teaching civics in the classroom to running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in Iowa.
Clovis was making his first run for any type of political office and surprised many by running a tight race for second with businessman Mark Jacobs:
The Hinton resident carried Plymouth and Woodbury and other conservative western Iowa counties, where he had name recognition as a radio talk show host.
Clovis says his campaign gave a voice to the conservative movement in the state:
Clovis says he will now work to help unify Iowa republicans into winning both the statehouse and the U.S. senate seat plus holding on to the U.S. House:
Clovis says his campaign didn't waste one dollar and will finish in the black.
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