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Victories for Bacon and Behn confirmed

November 8, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

State Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn and Sen. Rob Bacon will return to the Iowa Capitol next year, although Bacon will be in the House of Representatives.

Behn, R-Boone, was re-elected to his fifth term in Senate District 24.

Bacon, R-Slater, won the House District 48 seat.

Both were leading in their election races late Tuesday night. Unofficial election results posted Wednesday by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz confirmed their victories.

Elsewhere in the area, state Rep. Tom Shaw, R-Laurens, won a second term unopposed.

Senate District 24

Behn defeated Democrat Shelly Stotts, of Boone, by a margin of 54.86 percent to 45.08 percent.

He received 16,999 votes in five counties while she received 13,968.

''I want to thank the voters in Webster County,'' Behn said Wednesday afternoon. ''I really appreciate their support.''

He will be representing part of Webster County for the first time. Senate District 24 includes southeastern Webster County; all of Boone, Greene and Hamilton counties; and northwestern Story County.

Behn will lead a caucus of 24 Republicans in the 50-member Senate.

''It will be the same dynamic, but it won't be the same 24 senators,'' he said.

House District 48

Bacon defeated Democrat Becky Perkovich, of Napier, by a margin of 54.92 percent to 45.01 percent.

He received 8,370 votes while she received 6,860 votes.

House District 48 includes Hamilton County, northeastern Boone County, northwestern Story County, and southeastern Webster County.

Bacon opted to run for the House seat after reapportionment placed him in the same district with state Sen. Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock. That reapportionment also created House District 48 in which no incumbent lived.

House District 10

Shaw received 12,324 votes Tuesday.

He represents House District 10, which includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties plus western Webster County.

He defeated Maison Bleam, of Twin Lakes, in the Republican primary election, but had no opposition in the general election.



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