WATERLOO - It can now be said without doubt or equivocation: Jeff Danielson wins.

His opponent, Republican Walt Rogers, conceded the Senate District 10 race Tuesday.

Rogers said he called Danielson to inform him of the decision.

"I called Senator Danielson today to inform him that our campaign is over, to wish him well and to tell him and his family Happy Thanksgiving," he said.

In a prepared statement, Danielson said, "The votes have been counted, and the people have spoken. As your senator, I will make sure the Cedar Valley leads Iowa into a prosperous future.

"With the election over, it's now time to do the hard work Iowans expect," Danielson said. "With a balanced budget that ensures working, middle-class families have job opportunities, affordable health care and good schools, we will make sure Iowa is the best place to live, work and raise a family."

A districtwide recount completed Monday confirmed Danielson's lead over Rogers.

Danielson, the incumbent Democrat, won by 22 votes in one of the closest state races in Black Hawk County history.

The final tally showed Danielson with 16,103 votes and Rogers with 16,081. Danielson picked up eight ballots in the recount.

However, Rogers initially did not concede the race. He said he wanted to investigate about 45 overseas absentee ballots that were rejected.

His campaign, however, determined not enough ballots existed to change the result.

Rogers said he likely will run for public office again.

Danielson also was re-elected by a vote of his peers to a second term as the Iowa Senate president pro tempore.

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