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November 26, 2014

Iowa GOP Convention Picks Nominee for Top House Race (Video)

Iowa GOP Convention Picks Nominee for Top House Race (Video)

An Iowa GOP convention picked a nominee to try to succeed Latham, right. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Capitol Hill aide David Young won the Republican nomination in Iowa’s 3rd District on Saturday, overcoming five other Republican opponents in an hourslong nominating convention.

Young defeated state Sen. Brad Zaun, 276 votes to 221 votes, in the fifth round of balloting among hundreds of local delegations, according to the Republican Party of Iowa. Young now moves on to face the Democratic nominee, former state Sen. Staci Appel, in November.

Young’s win comes as a relief to Republicans, who hoped the nominating convention would turn out a candidate other than Zaun.

Zaun came in first in the June 3 primary with 25 percent, missing the 35 percent threshold to avoid a convention and giving Republicans a second chance to nominate one of the other candidates. Privately, Republicans had called Zaun their least favored outcome of the nominating convention, citing personal problems that wouldn’t play well against a female candidate

Young’s win comes as a shock to Republicans, as he came in fifth out of six Republicans in the  primary.

The 3rd District, with a population center in Des Moines, is open this cycle because GOP Rep. Tom Latham is retiring. It’s highly competitive, and President Barack Obama carried the district by a 4-point margin last cycle.

Iowa’s 3rd District is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Angie Nathan

    Notice how the GOP establishment media is trying to spin this as a defeat for the Tea Party?
    Young is in line with Tea Party ideals.
    According to a 2001 police report, Zaun (who we are to believe was the “Tea Party candidate”) allegedly banged on the window of a girlfriend’s house and
    called her a “sl*t.” There is no dispute that electability was a major factor
    in Young’s win. The Tea Party does consider electability and yes even
    some Tea Party types would find that comment chilling.

    If you want to know who the GOP was behind look no further than
    their most meddlesome crusader…Terry Branstad. This Iowa governor
    publicly claimed that he was staying neutral, but his sole purpose as
    governor is to stack the deck for the establishment GOP in Iowa races.
    Branstad had already nominated Cramer to the Board of Regents but that
    nomination was blocked by the senate.
    Young has appeal with the Tea Party and there is no dispute that he was a dark horse in this six candidate race.
    Are we really to believe that Young was the “GOP candidate” or is the spin in
    to give credit for his victory to the GOP?
    If young was really the GOP candidate who was supporting Shaw and Cramer?

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS FAILED THE THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED WORKERS STILL WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS, AND THESE WORKERS WILL NOT FORGET THAT IN THIS COMING ELECTIONS.The government asks for our sons and daughters to send to war, but fails to provide for them when the war is over. They freely will spend billions of dollars for foreign aid, but not pass an unemployment bill, for the three million unemployed families, who have been without benefits, since late last December. For the past six months, the republican senate has held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, and party politics. While millions of unemployed families continue falling into financial ruin, losing all that they had worked for, over many years. These republicans have shown a total lack of human compassion, and common decency, towards these unfortunate families. Instead of trying to help them, they chose to arrogantly label them as “lazy”, and decided to ignore their pleas for help. Both political parties have utterly failed these people.

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  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THERE ARE STILL THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER, STILL WITHOUT AN EXTENSION BILL. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TOTOALLY FAILED THESE FAMILIES, AND LEFT THEM FALLING INTO FINANCIAL RUIN AND POVERTY. FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS THE REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE EVERY ATTEMPT TO KILL THE BILL IN THE SENATE. WHILE THESE FAMILIES HAVE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WALKED AWAY FROM THE ISSUE, LEAVING THESE FAMILIES WITHOUT HOPE OR HELP. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY TOWARDS THESE UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AID FOR THE UKRAINE HAS BEEN APPROVED, BUT NOTHING FOR THESE AMERICAN FAMILIES HERE AT HOME IN OUR COUNTRY. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH THE PULSE OF THE NATION. THEY FAILED THESE PEOPLE.

  • Dec La’Ration

    Since our intellect adapted upon a framework of customs, traditions, and morality, it is less important than the lattice upon which it grew.

  • Doc Lakes

    Considering the various cultures that have evolved within a variety of environments, it is reasonable to conclude that the traditions and political principles found among them would be just as diverse.

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