Twenty-five years ago, Michael J. Fox took us all Back to the Future. On Election Day, however, Iowa went back to the past, returning former Republican Governor Terry Branstad to a gubernatorial seat that hadn’t seen a Republican occupant in three consecutive terms.
Republicans also will take control in the state House of Representatives, but a full red-state sweep was stopped short in the Senate, where Democrats retained control.
Rounding out the state’s political goulash — or perhaps more appropriate, gridlock — Iowa will send no new faces to Washington, D.C., as all current incumbents retained their U.S. Congressional positions.