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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 serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Prior to founding Iowa's largest conservative news site, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. In that capacity, Robinson planned and organized the largest political event in 2007, the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa. Robinson also organized the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa, and was later dispatched to Nevada to help with the caucuses there. Robinson cut his teeth in Iowa politics during the 2000 caucus campaign of businessman Steve Forbes and has been involved with most major campaigns in the state since then. His extensive political background and rolodex give him a unique perspective from which to monitor the political pulse of Iowa.

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