Gov. Kim Reynolds holds on to seat in Iowa's midterm elections
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was re-elected Tuesday night — defeating Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear, according to the Associated Press.
Why it matters: Reynolds' campaign primarily focused on her record as governor and how she handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Her win is an affirmation that her Republican supporters, as well as independents, approve of her work.
State of play: Reynolds, who's served as governor since 2017, campaigned on her decision to reopen Iowa schools and give parents "choice" over their children's education.
- She also touted reducing Iowa's income tax to a flat 4% and eliminating retirement income tax altogether.
Yes, but: Beyond her policy decisions, Reynolds seized on national Republican cultural points, like addressing transgender rights in her last ad, saying "Iowans still know ... boys from girls."
The other side: Throughout the campaign cycle, DeJear struggled with name recognition, especially among independents, according to the Register.
- Her campaign focused on investing more money into Iowa's public education and child care programs, as well as protecting legal abortions in the state.