RESULTS: Rep. Abby Finkenauer faces off against Republican Ashley Hinson in Iowa's 1st Congressional District

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  • Iowa's 1st Congressional District, a key swing district in 2020, encompasses the northeastern region of the state.
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Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer looks to retain her seat against Republican challenger Ashley Hinson to represent Iowa's 1st Congressional District in the northeastern region of the state.

The candidates

Finkenauer, a Democrat, has represented the district since 2018 where she became the second-youngest woman to ever be elected to the House of Representatives. Alongside Rep. Cindy Axne, Finkenauer was also one of the first women from Iowa to join the House. Before her time in Congress, she was a member of Iowa's House of Representatives. In 2019, Finkenauer voted with Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump. 

Finkenauer's Republican challenger, Hinson, is a current assemblywoman for the 67th District in Iowa's House of Representatives. Before joining the political scene, Hinson was a broadcast journalist for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids where she won two Midwest regional Emmy Awards for her reporting. In July 2020, the New York Times reported that Hinson plagiarized over a dozen times on her campaign website and in published op-eds. 

Hinson responded to the plagiarism accusations on Twitter where she blamed her staff and said, "I was unaware of the plagiarism when I reviewed drafts presented to me by staff. As a journalist I take this extremely seriously and am deeply sorry for the mistake. The staff responsible will be held accountable."See live coverage and full results for the US presidential election

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The district

Iowa's 1st Congressional District is in the northeastern region of the state and includes Waterloo, Dubuque, and Cedar Rapids. It also contains Mitchell, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Worth, Howard, Fayette, Clayton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Dubuque, Delaware, Jackson, Linn, Jones, Benton, Iowa, Marshall, Tama, and Poweshiek counties.

The district flipped from voting for President Barack Obama by a margin of almost 14 percentage points in 2012 to vote for President Donald Trump by 3.5 percentage points in 2016, according to the Daily Kos. 

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Finkenauer has raised $5.3 million, spent $5.1 million, and has around $250,000 in cash on hand. Hinson has raised $4.6 million, spent $4.2 million, and has around $339,330 in cash on hand. 

What experts say

The race between Finkenauer and Hinson is rated as "toss-up" by Cook Political Report, "tilts Democratic" by Inside Elections," and leans Democratic" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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