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October 15th, 2012

Special Election Senate District 22 Set for December 11

By Craig Robinson

Various media outlets, including the Des Moines Register, are reporting that should State Senator Pat Ward, who passed away this morning after battling cancer, defeat her Democrat opponent on November 6th, and special election would be called before the Iowa Legislature convenes in January.

Ward’s name will remain on the ballot and the ballots will be counted, but the Iowa code states that those results will not be canvassed and a special election shall be held on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in December.   That means regardless of the outcome in Senate District 22 on Election Day, a special election will be held on December 11th between Democrat Desmund Adams and a Republican candidate selected at a special nominating convention.

Below is Iowa code section 49.58 that deals with the unexpected death of a candidate during the general election.


Since Republicans only need to gain two seats to gain control of the Iowa Senate, the special election in Senate District 22 may very well end up determining who controls the chamber.  Senate District 22 is a Republican leaning seat that Republicans expected to win with Ward on the ballot in November.  It is also worth noting that the Ron Paul influence within county Republican central committees could also influence the type of candidate that Republicans nominate.

It looks like central Iowans are not going to get any rest from politics until the Senate District 22 race is determined.

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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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