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Republican Jon Dunwell won a special election on Tuesday night to the Iowa House, flipping a seat from blue to red.
Dunwell, a pastor and financial professional, will replace Democrat state Rep. Wes Breckenridge.
“Dunwell won Tuesday’s special election with 60% of the vote, according to unofficial results published by the Iowa Secretary of State. Democratic opponent Steve Mullan, a Newton City Council member, and retired teacher, lost the election by nearly 1,000 votes,” Iowa Capitol Dispatch reported.
“With Dunwell’s election, Republicans have grown their majority in the House — the GOP now holds 60 of 100 seats,” the report added.
This is the first time this seat has been red in decades, which is a promising sign for Republicans going into next year’s midterm elections in the U.S. Congress.
BREAKING: Republican Jon Dunwell won a special election to the Iowa House on Tuesday, flipping a seat from blue to red ahead of the 2022 session. https://t.co/5DFuunGdG4
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) October 13, 2021
🚨 REPUBLICAN FLIP! 🚨
This is the second state legislative seat flipped by the GOP in a special election this year. https://t.co/bBOVJKxemK
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) October 13, 2021
Republicans have been winning a lot of special elections lately.
Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist backed by Donald Trump, won a U.S. House seat back in August.
Carey beat several Republicans to win the open House seat in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.
Carey will face Democrat Allison Russo on November 2 in the General Election.
“Great Republican win for Mike Carey. Big numbers! Thank you to Ohio and all of our wonderful American patriots. Congratulations to Mike and his family. He will never let you down,” Trump said after Carey was declared the winner on Tuesday night.
PROJECTION: Trump-endorsed candidate Mike Carey has won his race to be the Republican nominee for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.
Carey will face Allison Russo (D) in the General Election on November 2. pic.twitter.com/g9Y9GavgJw
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) August 4, 2021
"Great Republican win for Mike Carey. Big numbers! Thank you to Ohio and all of our wonderful American patriots. Congratulations to Mike and his family. He will never let you down!" – President Donald J. Trump pic.twitter.com/KMnPwDkrHd
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) August 4, 2021
Prior to that, Republican Jake Ellzey of Texas won a U.S. House seat.
The mainstream media tried to use the election results to attack Donald Trump.
Trump endorsed Republican Susan Wright, the widow of the late Rep. Ron Wright, in the special congressional election runoff near Dallas.
Even though Susan Wright lost the special election, a pro-Trump conservative still won the U.S. House seat and it will stay in Republican hands.
Ellzey carried more than 53% of the vote in Texas’ 6th Congressional District when several outlets called the race late on Tuesday night.
Ellzey is a Republican state legislator in Texas, so now he will serve in the U.S. House.
The seat opened up following the death of GOP Rep. Ron Wright, so naturally, Trump endorsed his wife for the seat.
“Jake will be a strong and effective leader for the people of North Texas and he will fight tirelessly for their values in Washington. I look forward to working alongside him.” – @GregAbbott_TX pic.twitter.com/65IyGxEDWk
— Texans for Abbott (@AbbottCampaign) July 28, 2021
Republicans also secured a huge win in a Georgia special election held for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.
In a poll shift that greatly upset Democrats, Republican Devan Seabaugh won a decisive victory against Democrat Priscilla Smith in a crushing result of 26 percentage points, 63% to 37%.
In 2020, Rep. Bert Reeves, a Republican, won only by 12%.
Seabaugh won his landslide victory despite costly, all-out efforts by Democrat political engineer and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ voting group, Fair Fight, to support his opponent.
“On the day of the special election in June, Fair Fight posted observers at several polling sites. Heading into the final days of the runoff, Fair Fight released a digital attack on Seabaugh criticizing his support for Georgia’s new restrictive voting measure, gun rights expansions, and anti-abortion measures,” the Journal-Constitution reported.
In the GA HD-34 (in suburban Cobb county) Special Election runoff, EMT medic/business executive Devan Seabaugh(R) defeats educator/activist Priscilla Smith(D) by a 62.97%-37.03% margin in this Trump+3.9 district. pic.twitter.com/jYtkPaQsNl
— forse (@zhizhierbuzhier) July 14, 2021
Last night’s decisive results from #HD34 were a HUGE win for conservative values.
✅ R+7 swing from 2020
✅ Turnout +1,811 votes from the June 2021 general election
Cobb County voters soundly rejected the Left’s radical agenda and instead chose positive, pro-growth policies. pic.twitter.com/XKqZhgGD7q
— Greater Georgia (@GreaterGeorgia) July 14, 2021
Three-quarters of senior Capitol Hill aides think Republicans are going to win back control of the House of Representatives in the 2021 midterm elections.
Punchbowl News surveyed several senior Capitol Hill aides and reported that a whopping 73 percent think Republicans will take the speaker’s gavel from Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi next November.
Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November.
Republicans set a fundraising record for the third month in a row and now have $42.1 million in cash on hand with zero dollars in debt.
House Republicans also have history on their side as they aim to regain the chamber.
The party that controls the White House, which is currently the Democrats, on average loses roughly 25 House seats in the midterm elections.
And the once-in-a-decade redistricting process – pegged to the 2020 census – is expected to generally favor Republicans over Democrats.
Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy also predicted that Republicans are going to win back control of the House next November.
Gowdy predicted that Biden’s radical agenda will cost Democrats to lose the House next November.