Six candidates began Tuesday hoping to reach the 35-percent threshold needed in the U.S. 3rd Congressional District Republican primary race to take on Democrat, Staci Appel.
But by the end of the night, neither of them could yet stake a claim to replace the retiring Tom Latham.
Robert Cramer, Joe Grandanette, Matt Schultz, Monte Shaw, David Young and Brad Zaun made up the field of candidates.
With 84-percent of precincts reporting, Zaun led the way with 28-percent of the vote, Cramer and Schultz followed behind with 22- and 18-percent respectively.
Despite finishing further behind, Monte Shaw told Channel 13 he holds out hope for the convention.
“We will start with a clean slate at a special district convention. I am announcing that I will be a candidate for the GOP nomination at that convention,” Shaw said.
Christian conservative Robert Cramer said he too looks forward to the race going to convention. He said it will give him an opportunity to present his platform to delegates.
“It’s a little more one-on-one. We will be calling them and we will be going out and visiting them and sitting across the table making our case and I think that plays to our advantage because every time we’ve sat down with people the more positive reaction we’re getting,” Cramer said.
Candidate and Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said the convention will be held on June 14th or 21st.