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Voters show up in droves for primary election; Gerard odd candidate out in Democratic race for county supervisors

By NICK NARIGON

Voter turnout for the June 8 primary election was the highest it has been in over a decade, thanks in kind to the heavily contested Republican race for the governor nomination.

According to the unofficial results from the Iowa County Auditor’s Office, a total of 1,718 registered voters filled out a ballot in Iowa County’s primary election.

Of the 3,596 Iowa County voters registered as Republican, 1,279 voted in the governor primary election. Iowa County Republicans bucked the state trend with a majority voting for Bob Vander Plaats over former Governor Terry Branstad.

Vander Plaats earned 658 primary votes in Iowa County, while Brandstad received 555 votes. The third candidate, Rod Roberts, received 66 votes in Iowa County.

Statewide, Branstad earned the nod to run against incumbent Governor Chet Culver in the Nov. 2 general election. Branstad received a total of 109,805 votes, while Vander Plaats had 87,955 votes.

In another tightly contested race, Brad Zaun earned the nomination to run against incumbent Leonard Boswell for the Third District seat on the U.S. House of Representatives, despite receiving only 11 percent of the votes in Iowa County.

Former Iowa State wrestling coach Jim Gibbons received the most votes in Iowa County, with a total of 492, while Tea-party favorite Dave Funk earned 335 votes in Iowa County. Zaun, a state senator, received 128 votes in Iowa County.

Locally, former Iowa County Supervisor Ric Gerard was the odd-man out in a four-way race for the Iowa County Supervisor nomination.

Three seats on the Iowa County Board of Supervisors are up for election, and four Democratic candidates were vying to earn the nomination in the primary election: Gerard, Terry Brecht, Sandra Cronbaugh and Linda Yoder.

Brecht, Marengo, received the most votes with a total of 279. There was a 12 vote difference between the other three candidates, with Yoder receiving 249 votes, Cronbaugh receiving 244 votes and Gerard receiving 237 votes.

Gerard, who ran as an independent in the 2008 general election, said he will step aside this time around.

Three candidates ran unopposed in the Republican primary election for the Iowa County Board of Supervisors. Kim Tanke received 827 votes, Vicki Pope received 747 votes and Kevin Heitshusen received 733 votes.

The voter turnout of 14.26 percent was the highest since before the 2002 primary election. According to the results from the Iowa County Auditor’s office, 1,718 Iowa County residents voted in the 2010 primary election. In the 2008 primary, 883 ballots, or 11.43 percent turnout, were counted. In 2006, 1,479 ballots, or 12.10 percent, were cast. The voter turnout for the 2002 primary election was 1,340 voters.

UPDATED June 15, 2010 12:25 PM

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