Dem Finkenauer defeats GOP Rep. Blum in Iowa

Dem Finkenauer defeats GOP Rep. Blum in Iowa
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Iowa state Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) is projected to defeat GOP Rep. Rod Blum in the Hawkeye State’s 1st Congressional District, flipping a House seat in a district that voted for both former President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE in 2016.

Finkenauer, 29, will become one of the youngest members of the House and will join a number of other new female lawmakers in Washington following an election that saw a record number of women run for Congress.

Blum, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, had held the northeastern Iowa seat since 2015.

During the campaign, Blum and Finkenauer sparred over issues including health care, trade and President Trump’s tax law. Both candidates also questioned each other's ethics.