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SIOUX CITY | With less than 100 votes separating the two candidates, Jim Carlin claimed the Republican spot in the November general election race for Iowa House District 6.

A tight race throughout the night, Carlin, of Sioux City, won 1,151 votes, or 52 percent, over Jacob Bossman, of Sioux City, who received 1,061 votes, or 47 percent.

“It was nerve-wracking watching it go back and forth,” Carlin said. “It was like watching a close basketball game wondering what shot was going to go in next.”

Carlin said his effort was fueled by a strong “dream team” of volunteers and his values of building lives, families and businesses.

Bossman serves as regional director for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

Carlin, a private practice attorney, will advance to face Democrat Perla Alarcon-Flory, who was unopposed in Tuesday's primary. Alarcon-Flory is a Sioux City school board member.

The District 6 seat, which includes the Morningside area of Sioux City and the Sergeant Bluff, Bronson and Salix areas, is being vacated by Republican Rep. Ron Jorgensen, who is retiring after six years in the Iowa House.

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