POWER BALANCE: Iowa House And Senate

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It appears Iowa Democrats will retain control of the Senate by a slim margin.

With Tuesday’s vote, Democrats have 26 seats in the Senate and Republicans have 23 seats. The race in District 42 wasn’t called until Wednesday afternoon when final results were posted by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. Data shows Democrat Rich Taylor won.

Taylor’s win gives Democrats a 26 seat majority.

A special election will be held in December to fill the seat left open by the death of Republican Pat Ward. Her husband plans to run for the seat in District 22.

In the House, Republicans remain in the majority but Democrats are making gains. The Associated Press projects Republicans have 53 seats to Democrats’ 47 seats.