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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 AxneOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans 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 TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE won Iowa’s 3rd District in 2016 by a narrow 3.5-point margin.