Marshalltown attorney gets 8 percent of 1st District votes

Marshalltown attorney Gail Boliver made a second unsuccessful run at the U.S. House this week.

Boliver received 8 percent (2,409 votes) of the 30,727 votes cast for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District primary Tuesday.

Dubuque businessman Rod Blum won the nomination by taking 55 percent of the votes, with Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje taking second with 37 percent of the votes.

Boliver said in comparison to the others his campaign didn’t have the money to compete as well as he would have liked.

“My campaign was underfunded and that’s my problem,” Boliver said. “I left it as a volunteer thing.”

Boliver still considers his campaign a success since he was able to meet people throughout the 20-county district and that his stance of being socially moderate and fiscally conservative resonated with people.

Still, he expected to do better than 8 percent of the vote.

“I’m disappointed in my performance and I take full responsibility for that,” Boliver said.

Boliver was excited about the support he received in Marshall County, where he received 38 percent of the vote.

“Marshall County was very supportive,” Boliver said. “I’m ecstatic over the support where people know me.”

Boliver most likely will not run again for an office of this nature.

“I think I probably will not plan a future run at this time,” he said.

Blum will take on Democratic nominee Pat Murphy of Dubuque in the Nov. 4 general election. Boliver previously ran for the Republican nomination in Congress in 2000, losing to Tom Latham.