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David Young wasn't even one of the original candidates in Iowa's Third District race. For a brief time, the little-known Republican was a candidate for the U.S. Senate after longtime Democrat Tom Harkin announced he would retire. But after longtime Republican Tom Latham announced he would also retire, Young switched races.

Young finished fifth in the 3rd District's six-man primary on June 3rd. But Saturday at a convention held at Des Moines Christian in Urbandale, he shocked many Republicans by finishing first.

The convention meant 513 delegates would decide a winner, since no candidate finished with the necessary minimum 35% support on primary night June 3rd.

Candidates gave a speech and then the delegates voted. The candidate with the least support got eliminated in each round until someone earned the majority of delegates.

Here are the round-by-round results:

Round 1

Robert Cramer--75 votes

Joe Grandanette--7

Matt Schultz--95

Monte Shaw--118

David Young--86

Brad Zaun--130

(Per pre-determined rules for this convention, no candidate was eliminated).

Round 2

Robert Cramer--60

Joe Grandanette--2

Matt Schultz--88

Monte Shaw--122

David Young--81

Brad Zaun--157

(Grandanette eliminated).

Round 3

Matt Schultz--85

Monte Shaw--126

David Young--102

Brad Zaun--188

(Cramer dropped out on his own before the voting for this round began. Schultz eliminated after the voting and endorsed Young.)

Round 4

Monte Shaw--120

David Young--171

Brad Zaun--206

(Shaw eliminated).

Round 5

David Young--276

Brad Zaun--221

(Zaun eliminated).

Young's campaign had featured two ads the past few months using magic to make his argument to voters.

His final remarks to delegates Saturday played off that magic theme. Young said, "Somebody asked me right before I got on stage, David, is this one of your magic tricks again? I said, no, but I have one trick left. And that's to make Staci Appel disappear in November.

Appel, the former Democratic state senator from Ackworth, is her party's nominee.


  • Right Wing Patriot

    Soooooooooo, the fifth place guy gets the nod? Not liking this process. I agree with Zaun putting forth legislation to prevent this from happening in the future.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    While I enjoy the other candidates whining like spoiled children, which is what the republican party has apparently become, it does concern me that a corrupt neocon who engaged in unlawful behavior during his campaign efforts is going to be the candidate.

    Then again, it was always a matter of choosing among the least hypocritical and dishonest to begin with.

    • Right Wing Patriot

      You’ve got to be kidding?! Premiums are skyrocketing (I know…..mine went up 25% and I’m getting less services for my dollar). Have you seen whats going on in the VA? Thats government run health care. Train wreck.

    • Troy Hendrickson

      That would be Zaun, the drunk who stalks women while denying a dying child the right to use cannabis Zaun? That would be Zaun, the “I love veterans” politician who can;t tell you who Michael Deal is despite being told multiple times? ROFLMAO !!! Is he what passes for republican honesty then? Here’s a hint, you just lowered the bar to the point where a few democrats might clear it.

    • William Denison

      Thanks, I thank. I’ve missed being called a dope smoker,left wing nut, child molester, terrorist, liar, blah blah blah. I’ve missed all my friends in the GOP who when they get called out start name calling.. Now that I’ve rested its time to go medieval.

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