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AP: Brenna Bird defeats longest-serving state attorney general in nation, Tom Miller

Brenna Bird, a Republican, unseats Tom Miller as Iowa Attorney General. Roby Smith beat longtime incumbent Michael Fitzgerald in the state treasurer race.

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Attorney General

Republican Brenna Bird has won the race for Iowa attorney general with 51% of the vote (608,947 votes). With 99% of precincts, incumbent Tom Miller had 49% of the vote (588,874 votes), the Associated Press reports.

Bird tweeted following the win: "It's time to get to work and fight for Iowa!"

According to recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll results, Miller maintained a narrow lead over Bird by only 2 percentage points.

Both candidates ran unopposed in the 2022 primary.

"Although I am disappointed with last [night's] result, I am grateful for the privilege to have served our state for 40 years. I appreciate all of the incredible staff that worked to help Iowans each and everyday, my family for the sacrifices they have made throughout the years of campaigns and service, and the voters for giving me the opportunity and the trust to serve as their Attorney General, a job I have truly loved," Miller said in a press release

Bird began her career as a prosecutor in 2016. Aside from serving as Guthrie County Attorney, she has also worked closely with Gov. Terry Branstad and then Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to take legal action against Obamacare.

Miller was first elected in 1978, making him the longest-serving attorney general in the nation. Prior to his time as Iowa Attorney General, Miller worked as City Attorney of McGregor and Marquette.


Republican Roby Smith, who has served in the Iowa Legislature since 2011, has defeated Democratic Incumbent Michael Fitzgerald to become Iowa's next state treasurer.

The AP reports Smith leading 51% to 49% Wednesday morning with 99% of precincts reporting.

Fitzgerald was first elected to the statewide office in 1982.

Secretary of State

Current Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and current Linn County Auditor Joel Miller were on the ballot Tuesday.

Miller, a Democrat, has campaigned on the platform of voter accessibility, wanting to return the early voting period to 40 days before election day. Currently, early voting opens 20 days before election day.

The early voting window was changed through the Senate file 413 via the Republican-led Iowa legislature. 

Some supporters of the legislation said the changes were necessary to protect elections from voter fraud. 

There has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Iowa, a fact Pate has echoed denying allegations of voter fraud in Iowa, as well as in the 2020 presidential election.

State Auditor

Democratic incumbent Rob Sand is facing Republican challenger Todd Halbur in the state auditor's race. 

Throughout his time as auditor, Sand has prioritized non-partisanship, efficiency and accountability. In the role, Sand investigated Medicaid's performance in Iowa and conducted one of the first COVID-related audits in the nation

Halbur has more than 15 years in the banking and finance industry. He is the former CFO of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, where he gained experience with the State of Iowa's budget. As a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, Halbur hopes to prioritize taxpayers over politics and approach the position through a lens of limited government. 


Secretary of Agriculture

Current Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig was appointed to the position in 2018 following the resignation of former Secretary Bill Northey. If reelected, Naig will focus primarily on expanding markets and trade, improving water quality and ensuring a bright future for the next generation of Iowans. 

His opponent, John Norwood, is the current Soil & Water Commissioner for Polk County. As a small business owner, Norwood believes his connections with businesses and farmers from across the state will help him better represent the people of Iowa. 

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