Republican David Young will defeat Democrat Jim Mowrer in Iowa’s 3rd District, The Associated Press projects.
Young led Mowrer, 51 percent to 43 percent, with 66 percent of precincts reporting.
Representing a district that President Barack Obama twice carried, Young began the cycle as a top Democratic target. Coming into Election Day, the race was rated Tilts Republican by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.
Iowa’s 3rd District is bookended by Des Moines to the east and Council Bluffs to the west. The district covers the state’s southwest, and outside of these steadily growing population centers, it is rural and sparsely populated.
Young is Iowa’s only member on the House Appropriations Committee. While he isn’t a member of the most zealous, limited-government faction among House Republicans, he is a conservative and voted with the majority of his party 95 percent of the time on roll call votes in 2015.