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December 11th, 2012

Republican Charles Schneider Wins Senate Race 57 to 43 Percent

By Craig Robinson

West Des Moines city councilman Charles Schneider has won election to the Iowa Senate.  The special election in Senate District 22 was caused when State Senator Pat Ward passed away within 88 days before the general election, which triggers an automatic special election following the general election.

Schneider’s victory means that Republicans will have 24 members in the Senate for the upcoming legislative session that begins in January.  Democrats have had a two-seat advantage over Republicans in the Iowa Senate since the 2010 elections.

Schneider defeated his Democrat opponent, Desmund Adams, in the Polk County portion of the district by 153 votes, or 51 percent to 49 percent of the vote.  Schneider expanded his lead over Adams in the more Republican leaning Dallas County portion of the district.  With all Dallas County precincts reporting, Schneider beat Adams by 1,101 votes.  With all 30 precincts reporting in Dallas and Polk County, Schneider won 57 percent to 43 percent.


About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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