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 TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE, who campaigned for her in the state several times.

The race was considered a "toss-up."