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Finkenauer Wins Primary, Will Face Blum

Democratic Congressional candidate Abby Finkenauer addresses supporters at The Smokestack.

It will once again be an all-Dubuque contest to represent the Key City in Congress. Dubuque State Representative Abby Finkenauer emerged from a field of four Democrats to win the party’s primary in the 1st Congressional District. She advances to the general election, where she’ll face incumbent Republican Rod Blum of Dubuque. Finkenauer addressed a group of about fifty supporters at The Smokestack in Dubuque, noting some of the differences between the candidates. Finkenauer reiterated a sentiment she’s made through the primary campaign…that the race will be less about party affiliation than values. In an interview with KDTH following her speech, Finkenauer said she’s confident in her ability to earn the support new voters and those who had grown weary of politics. Finkenauer expects Blum’s campaign won’t wait long before attacking her, since the district is key to which party takes control of the US House. If she were to win the general election, the 29-year-old Finkenauer would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, and the first female to represent Dubuque in the House. Unofficial results showed her winning about 67% of the vote. Former Labor Department staffer Thomas Heckroth of Cedar Falls was the runner-up, with about 20% support. The two other candidates, George Ramsey and Courtney Rowe, were in the single digits.

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