In the fifth congressional district, no one won as none of the four republican candidates got the required 35 percent of the vote. That means delegates at a district convention in Denison on June 29th get to choose the G-O-P’s fifth district congressional candidate. Steve King got 30 percent of yesterday’s vote. King says he’s ready to switch to the next phase: campaigning for the support of those convention delegates. Brent Siegrist of Council Bluffs finished second, with 24 percent. Siegrist says it’s unfortunate the race wasn’t settled last night, but he says he’ll be back campaigning — for the support of the delegates at the district convention.John Redwine of Sioux City was in third, with about 24 percent. Jeff Ballenger of Council Bluffs finished fourth, with 21 percent of the vote. Ballenger did not respond to a request for an interview. In the first congressional district, Ann Hutchinson won the democratic nomination with 59 percent of the vote. Hutchinson attributes the win to her focus on economic issues. She’ll face republican Congressman Jim Nussle in November. Former Congressman Dave Nagle of Waterloo got 38 percent, and said he’s leaving the Democratic Party and politics. Denny Heath of Clinton got four percent of the vote in the First District democrat race. In the fourth congressional district, republican Congressman Tom Latham cruised to victory with 88 percent of the vote. Gale Boliver of Marshalltown received 12 percent of the vote. Boliver says he’ll focus on his law practice. Latham did not respond to a request for an interview.
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