Iowa early News Headlines – Wed., Nov. 7th 2012

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November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voters have returned two Democrat and two Republican incumbents to Congress. Voters yesterday handed victories to Democrat Reps. Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack, and Republican Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham. The control of the Iowa Senate remains unclear with a few inconclusive races.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has won re-election as his party fights to retain control of its narrow 26-24 majority in the chamber. Gronstal of Council Bluffs defeated Republican Al Ringgenberg yesterday by winning about 55 percent of the vote. Republicans had targeted Gronstal by calling him a roadblock to their plans in Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voters have retained a state Supreme Court justice who faced opposition because he supported a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa. The vote yesterday in support of David Wiggins’ retention is considered a barometer for the public’s changing views on gay marriage. It’s also seen as a flashpoint in the debate over the role of courts in American life.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama won the battleground state of Iowa as part of his re-election victory. Obama earned the state’s six Electoral College votes last night before defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Obama’s surprising victory in Iowa in the 2008 Iowa caucus helped propel him to the Democratic nomination. The state gave him an easy win in the 2008 general election.