Reed wins! (unless there is a recount)

According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Christopher Reed remains in the lead after the canvass by the county auditors. After the canvass the results are:

Candidate votes %
Christopher Reed 24,916 35.26
George Eichhorn 24,392 34.52
Steve Rathje 21,106 24.87

Under Iowa law, a candidate must have 35% of the vote to win a primary. After the canvass, Reed has the required 35%.

The ball is now in the Eichhorn camp — they can still call for a recount. Eichorn would not have to beat Reed, he would only need for Reed’s percentage to drop below 35%, sending the nomination to this weekend’s GOP State Convention.

I am not a lawyer but there is an interesting wrinkle. Should the race go to the convention, the nomination is wide open. The convention could nominate anyone, not just one of the three declared candidates.

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