Republican Wins Election for State Senate Seat

Mark Lauterwasser votes at Taylor School on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2012, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Voters in a district south of Des Moines have elected Republican Julian Garrett in a special election to fill a state Senate seat.

Garrett, who had been serving in the state House, received about 60 percent of the vote, beating former Democratic lawmaker Mark Davitt in the Tuesday election for Iowa Senate District 13.

The Senate seat was vacated when former Sen. Kent Sorenson, a Republican from Milo, resigned after an independent investigator concluded he likely broke ethics rules in receiving money from presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's political action committee and presidential campaign.

Garrett's victory means the state Senate will remain nearly evenly split, with Democrats controlling 26 seats and Republicans holding 24.

The District 13 seat will go before voters again in 2014.

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