Art Staed (D-Cedar Rapids) lost his bid for reelection as the results of the recount in House District 37 by just 13 votes. Republican Renee Schulte was announced the winner yesterday.
Final results showed Schulte with 8,628 votes and Staed with 8,615 votes, according to Linn County Auditor Joel Miller. The three-member recount board began its work Sunday, Nov. 23 and worked all week, only taking a break for Thanksgiving Day.Democrats will now hold a 56-44 advantage in the upcoming legislative session. Democrats picked up 6 seats, but but lost 3 seats they previously held, for a net of 3 seats.