McKean wins Republican nomination in House District 58

       Anamosa resident Andy McKean won the Republican nomination to face Peter Hird in the November race for Iowa House District 58.

       McKean collected 674 votes – 62.8 percent of the votes cast – in the district that includes most of Jones County except the cities of Anamosa and Monticello, all of Jackson County and the southwest corner of Dubuque County.

       “I was very, very gratified,” McKean said of the results Wednesday morning. “I was especially pleased to carry Jackson County, the home of one of my opponents.”

       In Jones County, McKean picked up 245 votes in Jones County compared to just 22 for Ernst. In Jackson County where Ernst lives in Bellevue, the results were closer. McKean received 391 votes or 56.6 percent to 263 or 38.1 percent for Ernst.

       In Dubuque County, the Secretary of State posted updated results Wednesday. McKean collected 38 votes; Ernst received 2 votes and Sundstrom 3.

       McKean’s opponent in November ran unopposed in the primary election.

       “I thoroughly enjoyed the primary campaign, and I am looking forward to the general election,” McKean said.

       Hird, who will be McKean’s opponent in November, ran unopposed in the primary election.

       McKean said that he says he does not see the campaign issues changing for the November election. Education, water quality and human services seemed to be the top issues in the primary campaign.

       “I’d like to see rural revitalization become more of an issue in the campaign,” McKean said.

       Jones County Auditor Janine Sulzner said voter turnout Tuesday was higher than it was four years ago.

       “By noon, we had exceeded the turnout from all day in 2012,” Sulzner said.

       The countywide unofficial results showed 1,045 voters cast ballots in the primary – 541 Democrats and 504 Republicans. With 13,457 registered voters, the turnout was 7.8 percent. That figure is a little misleading because it includes 6,213 independent voters not affiliated with either party. Only registered Democrats and Republicans could vote in the primary.

       Sulzner added that the voter registration figures were as of Monday and did not include any voters who may have registered or switched their party affiliation at the polls on Tuesday.

       As of Tuesday evening 12 absentee ballots were still outstanding. The votes will become official after a canvass Tuesday morning, June 14.

       In other contested races, Jones County results mirrored statewide results.

       In the race for the 1st Congressional District Democratic nomination, Monica Vernon received 367 votes to Pat Murphy’s 131 in Jones County. Districtwide, Vernon received 20,799 votes to Murphy’s 10,111. She will face Republican incumbent Rod Blum in November.

       In the Democratic race for U.S. Senate, former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge easily outdistanced opponents in Jones County with 257 or 51.4 percent of the vote. Robert Hogg was second with 195 votes. Thomas Fiegen, of Clarence, received 34 votes.

       Statewide Judge received 47.5 percent of the vote to Hogg’s 38.9 percent, Fiegen’s 6.8 percent and Bob Krause’s 6.7 percent. Statewide the results were for 1,749 of 1,779 precincts.

Updated June 9: Updated with revised results from Dubuque County for House District 58 and updated overall vote totals in the race.

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