Before the race was officially called, but with polls showing an insurmountable lead, Republican Tom Latham took the podium at the at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines to proclaim victory over Democrat Leonard Boswell in Iowa’s Third Congressional District. This race and one in Ohio were the only two congressional races in the country pitting an incumbent Republican against an incumbent Democrat.
Latham, along with his wife, immediate family and grandchildren took the stage and thanked them, along with his staff and supporters for their hard work in propelling him to victory.
“We wanted to come out and say thank you,” Latham told a crowd of supporters in downtown Des Moines. “We are going to win with a decisive victory tonight and it’s because of you folks. Thank you all so very, very much.”
Congressman Boswell delivered his concession speech just a few minutes after Latham’s speech ended. Boswell, as usual, ran an almost entirely negative campaign. However, this time, he faced an opponent who was able to defeat him handily in fundraising and counteract the negative attacks.
Latham contrasted his record in Congress with that as Boswell’s, pointing out the Democrat’s support for Obamacare, TARP, and cap and trade. Boswell further damaged his campaign during their seven debates when he openly advocated for raising taxes on the middle class and raising the federal gas tax. Boswel was also heavily criticized by mainstream media outlets in Des Moines for his continued negativity.
“I want to thank Congressman Boswell for his service to our country, he’s service to the state of Iowa,” Latham said. “Even though there’s real differences, I hope we can join together as Iowans and work to move this country forward.”
The Latham victory was a rare bright spot in a disappointing night for Iowa Republicans. The state party, along with the Romney and Latham campaigns, held a joint Election Night party at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines. Many attendees already departed prior to Latham’s speech, which he delivered around 10:45 pm. Republicans began to filter about 20 minutes earlier, as soon as the networks called the presidential race for Barack Obama.
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