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+Kim Reynolds/Adam Gregg (R) i
709,198
58.04%
Deidre DeJear/Eric Van Lancker (D)
482,950
39.53%
Rick Stewart/Marco Battaglia (L)
28,998
2.37%
write-ins
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0.06%

1,221,864

Registration: 2,234,666.  Total votes: 1,230,417.
Plurality: 226,248 votes (18.52 percentage points).

 Iowa Secretary of State




Notes: 
Gov.  Kim Reynolds (R), who ascended to the Governor's office in 2017 after Gov. Terry Branstad (R) became Ambassador to China, and who was elected in 2018, comfortably won re-election.  She defeated Diedre DeJear, a marketing consultant from Des Moines who was the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State in 2018 and chaired Kamala Harris' Iowa caucus campaign in 2019.  Also running was frequent candidate Rick Stewart (L).

Several Democrats announced bids to take on Reynolds,  State Rep. Ras Smith (Waterloo) entered the race on June 15, 2021.  DeJear formed an exploratory committee in July (>), and formally announced on Aug. 14 (>).  There were as well several long shots.  Smith ended his bid on Jan. 5, 2022
, and by the Mar. 18 filing deadline DeJear was the only Democrat still running; she was unopposed in the June 7 primary.

On Jan. 18, 2022, the Reynolds campaign announced $4.8 million in cash on hand, setting "the record for most cash on hand ever reported by an Iowa statewide campaign and the most raised the year before an election."  Reynolds
took to the national stage on March 1, delivering the official Republican response to President Biden's State of the Union address (>).  A few days later, on March 9 she formally launched her campaign in a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds (>).

Turning to the general election, on June 17 DeJear announced Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker, who was a candidate for the 2022 Democratic nomination for Secretary of State, as her running mate.

Reynolds and DeJear debated on Iowa PBS's "Iowa Press" on Oct. 17 (>).

The "red wave" struck with dramatic effect in Iowa.  In addition to Reynolds' win, Republicans picked up the Treasurer and Attorney General offices, giving them control of all statewide executives offices except Auditor; re-elected Sen. Grassley; picked up CD-3, giving them all members of the federal delegation; gained a supermajority in the State Senate; and strengthened their majority in the State House.



Campaign Managers
Kim Reynolds:  Tom Longpre
(Aug. 2021)  Account executive at Majority Strategies, Jan. 2020-July 2021.  Director of political and production operations at Content Creative Media, LLC, Mar. 2019-Jan. 2020.  Senior strategy director at Majority Strategies, Sept. 2015-Feb. 2019.   Campaign manager for a state representative candidate, Apr.-July 2015.  Director of operations on Mike Kowall for Majority Floor Leader, Aug.-Nov. 2014; campaign manager on Mike Kowall for Senate, June-Nov. 2014.  Degree in political science, pre-law from Michigan State University, 2014.  twitter

Deidre DeJear:  LaVanna Martinez
(June 2022)  Senior political manager at Run for Something, July 2020-June 2022.  National engagement coordinator (Feb.-Mar. 2020), regional political director in Des Moines (Dec. 2019-Feb. 2020) and organizer in Urbandale (Oct.-Nov. 2019) on Pete for America.  Lead organizer for Women's March Alliance, Women's March on NYC, Nov. 2017-Dec. 2019.  Client relationship manager at IBISWorld (NYC), Aug. 2018-Oct. 2019.  Senior event sales coordinator for Bowlero Corporation, Oct. 2015-Aug. 2018. 
Server and assistant events manager at The Cuban Bar and Restaurant Hoboken, 2015.  Private events coordinator at The Capital Grille Chrysler Building location in New York, 2012-13; started as host, 2011-12.  Bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising from Howard University, 2011.  twitter

...succeeded Cynthia Sebian-Lander
(May 2021-Apr. 2022)  Coordinated Campaign director for the Montana Democratic Party, Apr.-Dec. 2020.  Iowa state director on Julián Castro presidential campaign, Mar. 2019-Jan. 2020.  Campaign manager on DeJear for Iowa (Secretary of State), Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Sara Dady for Congress (IL), Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Campaign manager on Tilly for Delegate (VA), Feb.-June 2017.  GOTV director in Iowa on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Project specialist at the League of Women Voters, Jan. 2015-July 2016.  Voter education director on Alaska Victory '14, July-Nov. 2014.  Field director on Mark Levine for Congress (VA), Feb.-June 2014.  ACA deputy canvass manager for Planned Parenthood, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Northern Virginia director for Every Child Matters, April-Nov. 2013.  Project organizer for Virginia Organizing, Nov. 2012-March 2013.  Field organizer in Fairfax, VA on Obama for America, April-Nov. 2012.  Wind energy field organizer for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Feb.-April 2012.  Organizer for AFSCME, Nov. 2010-Nov. 2011.  Field organizer for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  M.S. in environmental advocacy and organizing from Antioch University New England, 2010; B.A. in environmental studies from Washington College, 2007.


See also:
Linh Ta.  "A 'red wave' hit Iowa. Hard."  Axios, Nov. 10, 2022.

Rekha Basu.  "When will the Iowa Democratic Party stop waiting for a 'Great White Hope' and see Deidre DeJear?"  Des Moines Register, Feb. 26, 2022.  [Opinion]








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