Former Rep. David Young wins GOP primary in bid for old House seat

Former Rep. David Young wins GOP primary in bid for old House seat
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Former Rep. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungFirst-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year Axne wins reelection in Iowa Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll MORE (R-Iowa) won the Republican primary in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday, setting him up a rematch in November against Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneIowa losses underscore Democrats' struggles with attracting rural voters Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus On The Money: Powell says 'concerning' rise in COVID-19 cases could hinder economic recovery | House Democrats withdraw appeal in case over Trump's New York tax returns | Initial jobless claims dip to 751,000 MORE (D-Iowa) who unseated him in 2018. 

With just over half of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called the primary for Young, who bested retired U.S. Army Colonel Bill Schafer 71 percent to 29 percent. 

Young was first elected to Congress in 2014. He lost his reelection bid to Axne in 2018, the same year that Democrats flipped dozens of Republican-held House seats and recaptured a majority in the chamber. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, currently rates Axne’s reelection as a "toss up." President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE won Iowa’s 3rd District in 2016 by a narrow 3.5-point margin.