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.
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