Iowa voters head to the polls on Tuesday night to determine the Republican nominee in Iowa's U.S. House 1st District, and Rod Blum and Ben Lange are gearing up for a fierce battle for the spot.
Ron Blum is a Dubuque businessman who is hoping to defeat Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, in November, but he first has to go through Lange, a 33-year-old attorney in Independence who nearly upset Braley in 2010. According to Blum, "I think part of the problem is we've got people [in Washington, D.C. on both sides of the aisle who have been there 30 and 40 years," Blum said Thursday in Cedar Rapids. "They go there to do what's right. They're idealistic. After a while they become part of the problem."
Blum has said he promises to only serve three terms in the House and accept only $39,366 of a congressman's $174,000 salary. "Maybe if a congressman had to live like the average American has to live, maybe things would be different."
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UPDATE: FINAL UPDATE: Lange 52.7% (10,608 votes), Blum 47.3% (9,517 votes). Final numbers to come tomorrow in the AM.
11:24 PM 77.7% reporting: Lange 51.4% (9,134 votes), Blum 48.6% (8,643 votes).
11:00 PM: 34.3% reporting: Lange 55.2% (4,951 votes), Blum 44.8% (4,012 votes).
10:27 PM 4.3% reporting: Lange 60.1% (1,020 votes) vs. Blum 39.9% (678 votes).
10:13 PM Results have begun to come in. Only 0.5% reporting: Lange 64.9% (179 votes) vs. Blum 35.1% (97 votes).
Still awaiting the results from Iowa, which are expected to come in soon. 0% reporting.