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AI Republican Zach Nunn wins third-party congressional district primary

Republican Zach Nunn won his party’s primary for Iowa’s third congressional district and will face vulnerable Rep. Cindy Axne, the state’s only congressional Democrat, in November.

Associated press called the race for Nunn at 10:15 p.m. ET. The now Republican candidate ran against Nicole Hasso and Garry Leffler in the primary.

Nunn has been a U.S. Air Force officer and Iowa State Senator for the Fifteenth District since 2019. He’s already made it clear he’s set to win in November against Axne — a vulnerable National Democrat whom Republicans consider it an easy pickup seat.

The Republican candidate enters the general election race against Axne with $223,290 in cash, while the Democrat has $2,840,312.25 in cash, according to their respective FEC reports. Additionally, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report called the congressional district a “heads or tails,” meaning it could go either way.

In November, during an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, Nunn claimed that Axne was only loyal to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and not the Iowans. Nunn explained that he was “thrilled to go after one of Nancy Pelosi’s most loyal liberal vote givers,” but wished Axne “could be as loyal to Iowa as she is. is to the President”.

At the time, he claimed to have a track record of winning and defeating Democrats in the process and noted that his eyes were now set on Congress and overthrowing Axne’s Third District seat. Before his run for Congress, he flipped a State House seat and a State Senate seat from the Democrats and was able to turn the red seats the Democrats had held for 60 years.

Nunn said: ‘We have a track record of success, we’ve been able to raise funds, but more importantly, we’re fighting for these kind of key principles which, you know – Donald Trump talked about – standing up to countries like China, being able to be tough on people who just want to give in to the woke left.

Republicans rejoiced over Nunn’s victory.

“It’s a bad day to be Cindy Axene,” said Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. “As she stood with Joe Biden in the botched exit from Afghanistan, Zach Nunn worked to get Americans and our allies out.”

Kaufman added:

The people of Iowa want action, they are sick of Axne bowing down to Nancy Pelosi and how she carried out Joe Biden’s disastrous agenda.

The Iowans are on two-faced Cindy Axne. She says one thing while she’s in Iowa and goes to DC and votes 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi. While Joe Biden completely destroyed our strong economy, Cindy Axne stood by his side. She has been his biggest cheerleader as their policies have left mothers looking for formula for their babies, Iowans struggling to fill their gas tanks and record inflation.

This race will be watched by the whole country, it will determine which party controls the United States House. I pledge to do everything in my power to make sure Zach Nunn wins in November and I know Iowans will join me.

In congratulating Nunn, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee of Congress, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), said it was an “impressive primary victory.”

“Zach’s record of service provides a stark contrast to the corrupt record of Cindy Axne who unlawfully failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock trades,” Emmer noted. “Additionally, Axne’s support for Joe Biden’s failed policies has left Iowans paying record high prices for gas and groceries.”

Dan Conston, president of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a House Republican leadership-endorsed super PAC, added, “Cindy Axne is painfully liberal and far too radical for Iowa on every issue. I have no doubt the Iowans will send Zach Nunn to Congress in November.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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