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Bill Calls For Run-Off Elections When Primary Candidates Don’t Push Past 35%

Statewide Iowa —┬áThe Iowa Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would get rid of the special conventions that pick party nominees if no candidate gets at least 35 percent of the vote on Primary Election Day.

Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale found himself in that situation five years ago. He was the top vote-getter in the Republican Primary in Iowa’s third congressional district, but with just 25 percent. A district nomination convention had to be held — and GOP delegates chose David Young over Zaun.

Zaun’s bill calls for having a run-off election in early August if none of the candidates in the June Primary Election get at least 35 percent of the vote.

The Iowa Senate has embraced this run-off concept before, but it has stalled in the House and the bill faces a deadline this year. If a House COMMITEE fails to pass the bill by next Friday, it will be sidelined for the year.

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