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Floyd County primary election results: Rockford man will challenge incumbent for Iowa House District 52

  • Floyd County poll worker Bernice Toepfer of Charles City helps a voter check in Tuesday morning at the courthouse during the Iowa party primary election. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Floyd County Elections Clerk Amanda Theilen helps poll worker Christian Kreger of Floyd handle a ballot issue Tuesday morning at the courthouse during the Iowa party primary election. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Julius Bryant sanitizes a touch screen at the Floyd County courthouse Tuesday morning after it was used by a voter in the party primary election. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • The door to the Floyd County courthouse is open to the public again, but there are still opportunities at the entrance to conduct business without going to the courthouse offices. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Unofficial results.

By Bob Steenson, bsteenson@charlescitypress.com

A Rockford man has won the nomination to challenge the incumbent in Iowa House District 52, representing Floyd County and parts of two other counties.

Craig Clark won the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s Iowa party primary election. He defeated the other candidate in the race, Charley Thomson of Charles City, by a vote of 989 to 588, receiving 62.7% of the votes cast by party members in that race.

Floyd County primary election results: Rockford man will challenge incumbent for Iowa House District 52
Craig Clark

Clark is a store planner who builds and remodels Walmart stores.

Clark will now challenge Todd Prichard for the seat in the Nov. 3 general election. Prichard, the incumbent, was unopposed to represent the Democratic Party in a bid for another term.

Prichard was first elected to the House seat in a special election in 2013, and has been re-elected three times. He is currently serving as the House minority leader.

Iowa House District 52 represents all of Floyd County and parts of Cerro Gordo and Chickasaw counties.

There were no other contested races that dealt primarily with Floyd County, although county voters helped decide races for state and federal offices.

For U.S. House District 4, which represents northwest Iowa, Republican voters in Floyd County agreed with the rest of the state, voting to not give longtime and controversial incumbent Steve King a shot at re-election.

Floyd County Republicans gave Randy Feenstra 45.8% of their votes, to Steve King’s 32.7%. Statewide, Feenstra won the nomination with 45.7% of the vote to King’s 36%.

In the race for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate to challenge Republican incumbent Joni Ernst, Floyd County Democrats showed strong support for the state-winning nominee, Theresa Greenfield, giving her 62.1% of their votes. Michael Franken came in second in Floyd County with 19.2%.

Statewide, Greenfield won the Democratic nomination with 47.8% of the vote, followed by Franken at 25.0%.

There was a total of 1,901 ballots cast Tuesday in Floyd County, according to information from the Floyd County Auditor’s Office. That represents a turnout of 34.6% of the 5,501 voters in the county who are registered with either the Democratic or Republican parties.

With a total of 11,101 registered voters in Floyd County, that means slightly more than half – 50.4% – are not registered as either a Democrat or Republican.

There were 825 votes cast in the Republican primary and 1,076 votes cast in the Democratic primary in Floyd County.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced the state turnout shattered the previous record for a June primary election with more than half a million votes cast. The previous June primary record was 449,490 votes cast in 1994.

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