Kim Reynolds wins election in Iowa governor's race

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will continue to call Terrace Hill home, edging out challenger Fred Hubbell in the Iowa Governor's race.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (COURTESY PHOTO)

Reynolds is the first woman to be elected to serve as Iowa’s governor. She took over the office in 2017, when former Gov. Terry Branstad was chosen as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. She became his lieutenant governor in 2011. Prior to that, Reynolds was a county treasurer and state senator. She is originally from St. Charles, a smaller town located south of Des Moines.

While campaigning, Reynolds often touted Iowa’s new tax reform law as a major benefit to the state, its citizens, and the economy. The legislation, which passed in 2017, is the largest state income tax reduction in Iowa history.

Reynolds is also a proponent of teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, in public schools. She believes her office’s STEM Advisory Council will help guide skilled scientific jobs to the state of Iowa.

Public opinion surveys showed a tight race in the closing days before Tuesday, with the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll giving Hubbell a two-point lead 46-44 percent. Many election analysts rated the race as a toss-up in the last phase of the campaign, though Reynolds’ victory could be considered an upset in an environment that otherwise favored Democrats’ chances.

Adam Gregg will continue to serve as Lieutenant Governor.