Paul Pate reelected to Secretary of State office

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has been elected to a second term, beating Democrat Deidre DeJear.

Pate won Tuesday after a campaign that focused largely on his successful efforts to implement voter identification.

Pate worked with his fellow Republicans in the Legislature to approve voter ID regulations, then argued he took all steps possible to ensure people knew about the rule changes and were able to obtain necessary forms of identification.

DeJear opposed voter ID but pushed for doing more to ensure everyone was able to vote, rather than seeking repeal of the law.

Pate has served as secretary of state since 2015 and also held that office in the 1990s. He previously was mayor of Cedar Rapids and a state senator.

Libertarian Jules Ofenbakh also sought the office.