Republican Julian Garrett emerged victorious in the Senate District 13 special election Tuesday night. Garrett bested Democrat Mark Davitt 3,908-2,627, according to results posted by the Iowa secretary of state’s office. The district covers Warren and Madison counties. The seat opened when State Senator Kent Sorenson resigned last month.
Julian Garrett won handily in both counties. In Madison County, his advantage was nearly double Davitt’s total, 1,414-733. In Warren County, it was 2,494-1,894. There were nine write-in votes in Warren County.
Garrett’s campaign launched an extensive grassroots effort to turn out voters. Their absentee ballot program bested the Democrats, which is a rarity. Also, several of the state’s most prominent Republican elected officials campaigned with Garrett.
“The reason we did as well as we did is we just had a fantastic grassroots organization here in Madison and Warren counties,” Garrett told TheIowaRepublican.com. “We had dozens of people that were involved in the campaign and we had support too from the governor, Senator Grassley, Bill Northey, Mary Mosiman. They all helped out, but it was mostly the local grassroots people that I owe this too. They’ve been fantastic. They’ve been the backbone of my House campaigns and they stepped up and did it again. You can’t do better than the organizations we have here in Madison and Warren counties.”
The Republican victory returns the Iowa Senate to a 26-24 breakdown, with Democrats holding the slim majority heading into the 2014 mid-term elections.
Senator-Elect Garrett will resign from his Iowa House seat and a special election will need to take place to fill that spot. That date is yet to be determined.
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