Decision 2022: The latest results for elections throughout Siouxland

Decision 2022 Coverage
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Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 8:36 AM CST
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(KTIV) - The polls have closed which means we’ll now be getting election results from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota throughout the night.

KTIV will be covering races from the county level all the way up to the Congressional level. For our full list of results, follow this link here. We’ll also have several of the major races explained in more detail below.

This page will be updated throughout the night, so be sure to check back in regularly.


Iowa Gubernatorial Race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds won a second full term after campaigning on a record of tax cuts and conservative handling of the state’s economy.

Reynolds defeated Democrat Deidre DeJear after a campaign in which the incumbent campaigned on her success in building a $2 billion surplus even as she pushed through tax cuts.

Reynolds was appointed governor in 2017 and narrowly won her first full term a year later, but her run for reelection never seemed in doubt. Polling for months had shown that Reynolds was strongly favored over DeJear, a Des Moines small business owner.

DeJear was seeking to be the nation’s first Black woman elected as governor.

Iowa Senate Seat

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley was elected to an eighth term, defeating Democrat Michael Franken and putting himself in position to be the Senate’s most senior member.

Grassley beat the retired Navy admiral on Tuesday after a race that was more competitive than the typically easy victories the veteran Republican has achieved since first being elected to the Senate in 1980.

Franken has campaigned aggressively for months in each of Iowa’s 99 counties and portrayed Grassley as served too long. Grassley has promoted his seniority and cast Franken as too liberal.

Grassley issued the following statement:

“Thank you, everybody. Thank you for believing in me. I believe in you. I believe in our great state. And I believe in America and its hope and promise of freedom for generations to come.

“In our country, we respect, revere, and reflect the voice and will of the people. And the will of the people is sending a message to Washington. Americans want to return to energy independence. Americans want border security. Americans want the political bias out of the Department of Justice and FBI. Americans want our law enforcement supported so they can fight crime in our communities. Americans want the reckless spending to stop. Americans want a strong economy.

“We’ve been on a fast track to financial disaster. Now it will be a path back to fiscal sanity. We’ll get there by continuing to listen to the wisdom of the American people and Iowa common sense.

“Thanks to your trust in me over a long period of time, I’m in a position to do a lot for Iowans. I’ll be number one in the Senate, which means Iowa is number one on the agenda. I owe a special thanks, and a whole lot more, to Barbara and my family. Barbara and I have been married for 68 years. She is my partner and number one supporter. I am so blessed to have her by my side. Barbara, my kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids are what keep me going. Regardless which party is going to be in the majority in the Senate. Regardless which party controls the White House. I will operate the same way. Always in the best interest of Iowans. That’s what my work for you has always been about and will continue to be.”

Iowa’s 4th Congressional District

Iowa’s most reliably Republican U.S. House district will stay that way, based on Tuesday night’s election results.

Rep. Randy Feenstra, the incumbent, will serve a second term in the U.S. House, defeating Democratic challenger Ryan Melton and the Liberty Caucus’ Bryan Holder.

Feenstra first entered the House after the 2020 election. He defeated multiple-term incumbent Rep. Steve King in the Republican primary that year, and was comfortably elected in the November general election.

Feenstra will be sworn in to his second term on Jan. 3, 2023.

Iowa State Senate District 1

Rocky De Witt is the winner of the Iowa State Senate District 1 race defeating Democratic challenger Jackie Smith.

De Witt was able to unseat Democratic challenger Smith from her position. Smith had served as a member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 7, since 2019.

De Witt, a Woodbury County supervisor, currently works for the sheriff’s office as a courthouse security officer. He worked for 22-plus years with MidAmerican Energy.

Iowa State House District 2

Robert Henderson is the winner of the Iowa House of Representatives District 2 race defeating Democratic incumbent Steve Hansen.

Henderson was a 2016 and 2018 Republican candidate for District 14 of the Iowa House of Representatives. He was also a candidate for an at-large seat on the Sioux City School Board.

Iowa Amendment 1

Iowans have voted to add a right to keep and bear arms into the state constitution, a move that will make it more difficult to pass gun restrictions and easier to strike down existing gun laws.

By approving the constitutional amendment Tuesday, Iowa joins Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri with constitutional language that requires courts to use what’s called strict scrutiny when considering gun restrictions.

That standard will make it very difficult for courts to uphold limits on gun possession, ownership or use, such as future efforts to require more extensive background checks or outlaw some kinds of firearms.

Woodbury County Supervisors District 2

Dan Bittinger has won the race for the Woodbury County Supervisor of District 2.

Bittinger won the race with 17,242 votes while their opponent Jeremy Dumkrieger got 10,504 votes.

Bittinger is a local pastor and has experience working with local and county law enforcement.

Woodbury County Attorney

James Loomis has been declared the winner for the Woodbury County Attorney’s race.

Loomis won the vote with 16,749. Incumbent Patrick PJ Jennings had 11,440, with all precincts reporting.

Jennings has been with the county attorney’s office for 16 years and this was the first time since he first ran that he has had an opponent. Loomis has worked for the county attorney’s office for several years under Jennings.


Nebraska Gubernatorial Race

Republican Jim Pillen has defeated Democratic state Sen. Carol Blood to become the next governor of Nebraska.

The state hasn’t elected a Democrat as governor since 1994, and Pillen was the clear favorite Tuesday after emerging from a contentious primary in the spring over eight other candidates.

Pillen is a hog farm owner and veterinarian from Columbus who also serves on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

He will replace Gov. Pete Ricketts, who couldn’t run for reelection because of term limits.

The primary highlighted divisions in the Republican Party between activists who support former President Donald Trump and want to take the party further to the right and more moderate members who backed Pillen.

Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District

Republican Mike Flood has defeated Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks for the Nebraska House District 1 seat.

Flood won a special election for the seat back in June replacing former incumbent in Jeff Fortenberry.

Flood took the office on July 12, but he previously served the Nebraska State Senate, and was the speaker of the Senate for a time.

Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District

Republican Adrian Smith wins reelection to U.S. House in Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District.

In the largely rural 3rd District, which comprises about three-fourths of the state, eight-term Republican Rep. Adrian Smith fended off a challenge from Democrat David Else.

Nebraska Ballot Measures

Nebraskans have several ballot measures to consider on Nov. 8. They’ve been broken down below.

-Nebraska Amendment 1

Nebraskans had several ballot measures to consider on Nov. 8. And one of them was deciding if local governments can spend more money on developing commercial air services.

The measure passed, meaning the state constitution will be amended. This means any city, county or other political subdivision that operates an airport can spend revenue to develop air travel at a local airport

Passage means a lot for communities, like Norfolk, Nebraska, which hasn’t had commercial air service since 2004.

-Initiative 432

Nebraskans have decided to vote in favor of requiring a photo ID when voting.

With Initiative 432, or the Photo Identification Initiative, now passed valid photo identification is now required at the polls. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the Nebraska legislature would set the rules for what type of photo ID would be required.

-Initiative 433

Nebraskans have voted in favor of raising the minimum wage for the state.

Initiative 433, also known as the Minimum Wage Increase Initiative, passed Tuesday night. This means the state’s minimum wage will increase incrementally from $9 to $15 by 2026.

South Dakota

South Dakota Gubernatorial Race

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has defeated a Democratic state lawmaker to win reelection.

Noem leaned heavily on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a first term marked by positioning for a possible White House bid in 2024.

The Republican governor eased past state Rep. Jamie Smith after raising more than $15 million via a nationwide fundraising network.

Noem has said she would serve a full four-year term if reelected, but she generated speculation about higher political ambitions by becoming a fixture in conservative media and making appearances in key 2024 states.

Her fundraising haul was a historic amount of money for a South Dakota gubernatorial candidate.

South Dakota Senate Seat

Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has won reelection to a fourth term.

He will return to the Senate and is expected to make a bid to become the next GOP leader. Thune cruised to victory in South Dakota with a large fundraising advantage over Democrat Brian Bengs.

He is the second-ranking Senate Republican, and he is seen as a potential pick to someday succeed Sen. Mitch McConnell.

South Dakota’s At-large Congressional District

Republican U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson has won reelection to his third term representing South Dakota’s only U.S. House district.

He won easily in a race in which Democrats didn’t field a candidate.

The 46-year-old Republican’s only competition, Libertarian Collin Duprel, didn’t report raising or spending any money in the campaign.

“South Dakotans have one voice in the U.S. House – they deserve a representative who punches well above their weight – I’m proud to be that guy for another term,” said Johnson. “I’ve worked hard to get singles and doubles for South Dakotans, but I’m ready for home runs in the House. Americans are facing record inflation and crime in their communities – effective leadership is needed. More than ever, I’m determined to produce results for all South Dakotans in the U.S. House.”

South Dakota Ballot Measures

There are two statewide ballot measures South Dakotans will see while out voting Tuesday. There is also a local ballot measure in North Sioux City regarding marijuana facilities. They’ve been broken down below.

-Constitutional Amendment D

If Constitution Amendment D passed, the state constitution will be amended requiring Medicaid to be provided to people between 18 and 65 with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level. This would begin on July 1, 2023.

This would expand Medicaid to potentially 42,500 low-income residents. Currently, childless adults are not eligible for Medicaid in South Dakota. Parents must have very low incomes to qualify, about $1,000 a month for a family of four.

Republicans officials say they oppose the measure, citing the potential for future costs. While supporters say it would open up coverage to adults making less than roughly $19,000 a year.

-Initiated Measure 27

If it passes, Initiated Measure 27 would legalize the possession, distribution and use of marijuana for people who are over the age of 21.

In effect, an individual could own up to three marijuana plants (with no more than six plants per private property) as long as they live somewhere where there is not a licensed marijuana retail store. The initiative also required that marijuana plants must be kept in a locked space and out of public view.

Back in 2022, Amendment A, a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana, marijuana accessories and paraphernalia was on the South Dakota ballot.

Voters approved the amendment, but the Supreme Court overturned it. A judge ruled that Amendment A was unconstitutional because it violated the state’s single-subject rule and was a revision to the state constitution rather than an amendment to the constitution.

-Initiated Measure 5

Initiative Measure 5, which would have decided whether or not to remove a current ordinance on the number of licensed medical cannabis facilities that can operate in city limits in North Sioux City, was defeated on Tuesday, Nov. 8 by a vote of 583 to 243.

The decision will keep the limits in place which allow for four dispensaries, two growing, two processing, and two testing facilities.

Licenses for those facilities were given out using a lottery system.