Iowa voters on Tuesday retained state Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who was targeted for ouster by conservatives angry over the high court's unanimous 2009 ruling which brought gay marriage to the Midwest.

The effort to oust Wiggins from the bench was spearheaded by conservative Bob Vander Plaats, the president of the FAMiLY LEADER. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) heavily funded the campaign. According to the Des Moines Register, the two groups spent about $250,000 on the race.

Groups supporting Wiggins' retention reported spending about $150,000.

Vander Plaats also led the successful 2010 campaign to axe three judges from the bench. The remaining three justices are up for retention votes in 2016.

The “No Wiggins” campaign argued in TV ads that Iowans needed to “hold Wiggins responsible for redefining marriage and legislating from the bench.”

High-profile conservatives who endorsed the campaign included Rick Santorum, who lost the GOP presidential nominating contest to Mitt Romney.

At a “No Wiggins” bus tour stop, Santorum made the dubious claim that ousting Wiggins could lead to reversing marriage equality in Iowa.

“Now you have an opportunity to tip the balance with a fourth justice and an opportunity to even reverse this horrific decision,” Santorum told a crowd of supporters.