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June 5th, 2012

Iowa GOP Senate Primary Results

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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The polls are closed and state senate primary results are starting to come in. There are 10 GOP senate primaries races on the ballot. We will update results on this page as they come in. Hit “REFRESH” often to stay up-to-date

SD 4 – Jim Black vs. Dennis Guth / WINNER: Dennis Guth wins 53-47%.

Black is a former state senator from Algona who also served on the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors. Guth is a farmer from Klemme who is active in the “Let Us Vote” efforts against gay marriage. The Family Leader endorsed Guth. Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, and Iowa Right to Life support Black.

SD 6 – Matthew Biede vs. Adam Schweers vs. Mark Segebart  / WINNER: Segebart wins 47%, Schweers 40%, Blede 13%.

Biede is a sheriff’s deputy in Sac County. Schweers is the mayor of Carroll. Segebart serves on the Crawford County Board of Supervisors. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds endorsed Schweers. So did former state representative Rod Roberts, who used to serve part of the district. Iowa Right to Life supports Segebart.

SD 10 – Jake Chapman vs. Matthew Mardesen / WINNER: Jake Chapman wins 65-35%.

This is an open seat. Chapman is an EMT and director of operations of Midwest Ambulance. Mardesen is a former sheriff’s deputy in Dallas and Boone Counties. He made an unsuccessful bid to become Boone County Sheriff in 2008. Chapman began campaigning a year ago. Mardesen joined the race on the final filing day. Chapman signed a pledge from the Dallas County GOP to support the nominee. Mardesen declined. The NRA endorsed Chapman.

SD 14 – Steven Everly vs. Stephanie Jones vs. Amy Sinclair / WINNER: Sinclair wins 66%, Everly 28%, Jones 6%.

This seat is open due to Paul McKinley’s retirement. Everly is a master electrician from Knoxville. Jones, also from Knoxville, is the executive director of the International Alliance Against Child Abuse. Sinclair serves on the Wayne County Board of Supervisors. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds support Sinclair. Iowa Right to Life approves of all three candidates.

SD 22 – Jeff Mullen vs. Pat Ward (I) / WINNER: Pat Ward wins. 58-42%.

This has turned into perhaps the ugliest race in the state. Jeff Mullen is a pastor from Waukee who helped oust three Supreme Court justices in 2010. Ward (R-West Des Moines) has served in the Iowa Senate since winning a special election in 2004. She moved after redistricting pitted her against a Democrat incumbent.

Mullen has racked up endorsements from conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Citizens United, Liberty Iowa PAC, the Family Leader and Iowa Right to Life. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds endorsed Ward. So did the NRA.

SD 36 – Jane Jech vs. Larry McKibben / WINNER: Jane Jech wins 59-41%.

Jech is a substitute teacher, preacher’s wife, and Republican activist. She has run unsuccessfully for the House on two previous occasions. Jech entered the race last year. McKibben, an attorney, is a former three-term senator who stepped down in 2008. He joined this race in January, with encouragement from Governor Branstad. Jech says McKibben had previously told her he would not run. Both candidates live in Marshalltown. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds support McKibben. The Family Leader and Iowa Right to Life back Jech.

SD 42 – Lee Harder vs. Larry Kruse / WINNER: Larry Kruse wins 72-28%.

This is an open seat. There is a three-way Democrat primary to determine their nominee. Harder, of Hillsboro, is an ordained minister. He ran for congress in 2008, losing in the GOP primary. Kruse, of Donnellson, is a Lee County Supervisor and a retired chemical engineer. The NRA endorsed Kruse. Iowa Right to Life approves of both candidates.

SD 46 – Jim Hahn (I) vs. Shawn Hamerlinck (I) / WINNER: Shawn Hamerlinck wins 61-39%.

Redistricting placed these two Republican senators in the same district, which covers parts of Muscatine and Scott Counties. Hahn (R-Muscatine) joined the Iowa Senate in 2005. He previously served seven terms in the Iowa House. Hahn works in real estate. Hamerlinck (R-Dixon) is seeking his second term in the Iowa Senate. Prior to that, he served on the Davenport City Council. Hamerlinck is a community college faculty member and adjunct professor. Hahn had $5,934 on hand two weeks ago. Hamerlinck held $12,817 as of last Friday.

SD 48 – Brian Cook vs. Dan Zumbach / WINNER: Dan Zumbach wins, 79-21%.

This is another open seat, covering all of Delaware County and parts of three others. Cook is a stay-at-home dad who volunteers at his children’s school. Zumbach is a farmer and former West Delaware school board member. The NRA endorsed Zumbach.

SD 50 – John Hulsizer, Jr. vs. William Johnson / WINNER: William Johnson with 56% of the vote.

This district covers the left-leaning city of Dubuque. Hulsizer is a former marine who made unsuccessful bids for the Iowa House in 2006 and the Iowa Senate in 2008. Johnson is a Navy veteran. He lost in the 2010 congressional primary to Ben Lange. Johnson is also one of the 10 Ron Paul supporters picked for the at-large national delegate slate in May. Liberty Iowa PAC supports Johnson.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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