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UPDATE: Results & Reaction to Woodbury Co. Supervisors races

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

In local races, in Woodbury County, the story was all about those absentee ballots.  More than 22,000  of them.

The County Auditor's office started counting them Monday, and didn't finish until late on Election Night.

It looked like a Republican sweep until those ballots came in and the results flipped, putting most of the Democratic candidates ahead.

Jackie Smith will get a second term, with her 52-42% win over Republican Linda Holub.

"It was a little bit of a nail biter tonight, but I was looking forward to the absentees coming in.  Last time, I was behind until the absentee came in and I won that way too," said Smith.

Smith's challenger, Woodbury County Republican Party co-chair, Linda Holub, says even though she didn't win she's committed to working towards the goals she has for the county.

"Well I'm going to start cleaning my house tomorrow it's been my campaign office so I'm going to start tossing things and then I have plenty of interest so I'm going to continue on the path I have been until now," Holub said.

In District 3, incumbent Mark Monson is in his eighth year on the Board of Supervisors won another term beating challenger Dick Salem by the same margin 52-48 percent.

Monson says the new casino and CF Industries' expansion plans are just the start of a surge in job creation in the county.

"The world's on notice that Woodbury County is open for business.  We gotta get going.  It has to get rolling.  It's time," said Monson.

Republican Dick Salem was Monson's challenger.  Salem said he thought he and his team ran on a good platform, but in the end it wasn't enough to defeat the Democratic incumbent.

"It was a good race there was not a back biting type of thing but we had differences and we aired those differences in different times but I do congratulate them.  They did do a good job apparently better than we did," said Salem.

Democrat Larry Clausen, a 30-year veteran of the Board of Supervisors beat Brian Ashley in the race for District 5.

Republican challengers were running in opposition of the highly criticized Liberty Park Project, but Clausen says the race was not a referendum on the project.

"I don't think you lay it to any one thing.  I think it's just the overall job that the board does," said Clausen.

"I think we ran a super race, Dick Salem, Linda Holub, and myself really gave them a run for their money and I don't think anyone has done that in quite a few years," said Ashley.

All of the three Republicans candidates say even though they weren't elected to positions last night, they still want to see changes in the county.

They vowed to work towards those changes with the re-elected Democratic supervisors.

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