Republican Flips Iowa’s Attorney General Seat Red, Ends Dem’s 40-Year Reign

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With votes still being counted to determine the final outcomes of the midterm election, Republican Brenna Bird beat Democrat Tom Miller to become Iowa’s next attorney general. Miller was the longest-serving state attorney general in the U.S.

The race between Bird and Miller was tight, with Bird winning 50.84 percent of the vote and Miller close behind with 49.16 percent, KCCI-TV reported.

Miller had served as the state’s attorney general for nearly 40 years, according to The Associated Press.

He began his time in office in 1978, and apart from 1990 to 1994 when he unsuccessfully ran for governor, Miller remained as attorney general for decades.

But on Tuesday evening, he called Bird to concede. The AP officially called the race on Wednesday.

“Of course we’re disappointed with the result tonight. But briefly a short time ago I called Brenna Bird, congratulated her and told her she’s going to get a great job. And it is an absolutely great job,” Miller told reporters after the loss.

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