After long wait, Biden is President-Elect; Iowa, Allamakee County elect Republican candidates

Since its inception, the United States of America has elected its Commander in Chief, President and Vice President, by an election of the people. The winners, however, are not determined by the number of popular votes the candidates receive. Instead, the winners in each state determine where the state’s electoral votes will be cast. Currently, it takes 270 electoral votes to claim victory.

The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1788,  created the offices of President and Vice President, fully separating these offices from Congress. The Constitution established the Electoral College, with states votes (electors) are received based on population. Iowa has six electoral votes. With the Republican ticket of Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence carrying the state, Iowa’s electors were credited to the Trump ticket. At this writing, in one of the closest elections in the history of this country, Joe Biden has been declared the 46th president of the United States. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many more absentee ballots were cast than ever before and some states do not allow of counting those ballots until after the polls close on election day. This influx of absentee ballots, delayed the projection of the President-Elect until Saturday morning, nearly five days after the official election day. After being declared the winner in Pennsylvania, Biden’s total of 290 electoral votes gave him the victory. However, at this writing the President Trump has yet to concede.

In Iowa Trump received 848,905 votes to Biden’s 728,917 and the state’s six electoral votes.

Iowa’s results, especially those in Northeast Iowa, swung mostly in support of the Republican candidates.

In the race for the senate, incumbent Joni Ernst (Rep.) won handily over challenger Theresa Greenfield. Statewide Ernst received 819,433 votes to Greenfield’s 723,971. In Allamakee County Ernst received 4,476 to Greenfield’s 2,601 as Ernst received 61% of the vote in the county.

In U. S. Representative District 1 Ashley Hinson (Rep.) the challenger, received 211.573 votes while the incumbent, Abby Finkenauer (Dem.) received 200,814. In Allamakee County Hinson received 4,592 votes to Finkenauer’s 2,697 as Hinson received 63% of the votes cast in the county.

In the State Senate rate in District 28 Michael Klimesh (Rep.) defeated Matt Tapscott 11,319 to 8,369. In Allamakee County Klimesh won 4,688 to 2,434. 

In the race for State Representative in District 56 Anne Osmundson defeated Angela Reed. In Allamakee County Osmundson won be a margin of 4,841 to 2,219.

Mark Reiser was elected to the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors as there was no incumbent running. Reiser, a Republican, defeated Andy Kelleher (Dem.) by a margin of 4,770 to 2,438.

For a complete list of the election results in both Allamakee and Clayton Counties, see the charts in today’s Herald or click on the links below.










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