Iowa Gov. Reynolds fends off challenger to win reelection in tight race

Iowa Gov. Reynolds fends off challenger to win reelection in tight race
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) won her first full term on Tuesday in what became the state’s most expensive governor’s race in history.

Reynolds was appointed governor after former Gov. Terry Branstad (R) became the U.S. ambassador to China.

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But she had never run for governor before and faced a tough challenge from Fred Hubbell, a retired business executive.

Reynolds, who had served as Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, embraced President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE, who campaigned for her in the state several times.

The race was considered a "toss-up."