REGIONAL—Although gubernatorial hopeful Fred Hubble had taken a substantial early election lead with Polk County coming in with results first, Gov. Kim Reynolds picked off county after county and saturated western Iowa with red numbers and extensive margins Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polk County recorded 197,704 votes, 114,484 going to Hubbell and a 17 percent advantage.
At approximately 10:48 p.m. Reynolds overtook Hubbell in total votes and by 11:15 p.m. she had built an almost 17 thousand vote advantage and a 62-6 county advantage.
Reynolds in Sioux County had a winning margin of 86% which was the largest of all counties recorded in the state.
Of the 99 counties in Iowa, Hubbell won in only 11 counties, albeit those counties had larger populations.
At 11:30 p.m. and 632,460 votes showing on her totals at the time, she officially became the first elected woman governor of Iowa. With 50.1 percent of the vote at the time she was officially declared the winner.