Kim Reynolds made history Tuesday night, becoming the first woman to be elected governor of Iowa.
The Republican incumbent defeated Democrat Fred Hubbell to earn her first full four-year term as governor. She became governor in May 2017 when then-Gov. Terry Branstad was appointed to U.S. Ambassador to China.
“I am proud to say I am the first elected woman governor in our state,” Reynolds stated in a tweet posted to Twitter. “I am proud of the direction we are going. And even better we are just getting started.”
I am proud to say I am the first elected woman governor in our state. I am proud of the direction we are going. And even better WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED! pic.twitter.com/JaB54XluiG
— Kim Reynolds (@KimReynoldsIA) November 7, 2018
Reynolds defeated Hubbell in a close race that was decided by just three points. She and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg received 50.4 percent of the votes, while Hubbell and his lieutenant governor candidate, State Sen. Rita Hart, received 47.4 percent.
Last night, Reynolds supporters chanted the campaign slogan “Keep Iowa Moving” and “Go, Kim, go” as they waited for Reynolds to deliver her victory speech remarks at the campaign celebration event.
Once she joined Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and her family on stage, she thanked her family and voters for their support.
“Thank you, Iowa,” Reynolds shouted over cheers. “An amazing, amazing honor.”
Hubbell posted on Twitter that “while tonight didn’t turn out the way we would have liked, the energy and support we have received along the way is proof that Iowans know we need a change.”
“And it is my sincere hope that in her first full term, Governor Reynolds will hear our voices loud and clear,” his tweet continued.
I remember an Iowa where we banded together. Where the word community meant making sure everyone around you had a fair shot. Well, we need to get back to that. And even if we aren’t happy with tonight’s results, the fight continues.
— Fred Hubbell (@FredHubbell) November 7, 2018
For more election results, and to see how Clay County voted in the races, see the complete election results.