Nearly two years of campaigning paid off for Republican Dean Fisher. The farmer from Garwin won the open Iowa House District 72 seat, topping Democrat Nathan Wrage of Gladbrook in a close race decided by 226 votes.
Fisher took 7,695 votes (51 percent) to 7,469 votes (49 percent) for Wrage.
Fisher estimates he attended 350 community events the past two years and knocked on approximately 6,000 doors during the campaign.
"I'm delighted by the win," Fisher said.
He said as a freshman legislator he'll learn on the fly in Des Moines.
"I'm going to dive in with both feet and do it as I go," he said.
Fisher admitted it was a rough night for other area Republicans and even pointed out the presidential loss as well.
"I'd like to have more (Republican) company," he said.
Fisher had a strong showing in Marshall County with 2,814 votes to 2,294 votes for Wrage. Wrage won Tama County, 4,456 to 4,172.
Wrage admitted his campaign may have had a better chance to be a success if he started as early as his opponent.
"I lost, but I'm happy with the way I conducted myself with the race," Wrage said. "If I could rewind the clock, I guess I would have gotten in the campaign a little sooner."
Wrage said he enjoyed getting out and meeting the people of District 72 and learning their concerns during the campaign.
The district includes portions of Marshall County and Black Hawk County and all of Tama County. Much of this district was previously served by Republican Lance Horbach of Tama, who decided not to run again.