Last night, Iowans in House District 82 (Jefferson, Davis, & Van Buren Counties) took to the polls for a special election to fill the House Seat following the death of Rep. Curt Hanson.
Iowans have spoken up & spoken out. Phil Miller, a Democrat from Fairfield, Iowa won the special election by 10 points. Trump won that district by 22 points in 2016. That's a 31% swing.
"I wanted to reach out & say thank you to all of those who supported Phil Miller at the polls; to those hardworking volunteers in District 82 & around the state who worked tirelessly to urge Iowans to get out & vote; & most of all, to say congratulations to Iowa's newest legislator, Phil Miller."
-Senator Matt McCoy
Now, we must continue to speak up & out. We must take this momentum. We must push forward to Paint the State Blue in 2018! Together, we can #TakeBackIowa
Read more Via The Des Moines Register
The residents of House District 82 chose Phil Miller to be its new state representative during a special election Tuesday.
Miller, a Democrat, received 4,020 votes, according to unofficial results from the Iowa Secretary of State's office. Miller defeated his Republican opponent, Travis Harris, who received 3,324 votes.
The state office expects the results to be certified later this week.
The newly elected Miller is a Fairfield veterinarian and is also on the school board.
Joshua N. Miller of the Libertarian Party and Edward T. Hee III of the Constitution Party of Iowa also ran for the seat. Miller received 71 votes, and Hee received 58.
House District 82 covers parts of Davis, Van Buren and Jefferson counties. It's politically balanced, with 6,257 registered Democrats, 6,611 registered Republicans and 5,738 registered voters with no party affiliation.
The special election leaves the makeup of the Iowa House at 59 Republicans and 41 Democrats.
The seat was left open after Democratic Rep. Curt Hanson died in June 2017. He was 73 and had served in the Iowa House since 2009.