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00000173-38e2-d855-adf7-bcef36ec0000In an effort to provide voters with information about the candidates for federal office in the 2014 general elections, Iowa Public Radio staff contacted the Democratic and Republican candidates competing in Iowa’s open congressional races and has compiled this guide. Please note that none of the candidate claims have been fact-checked. Click on the candidate’s name to see the information, or scroll through the postings below.           US Senate                              (Replacing Senator Tom Harkin)                   Republican:                                                                                          Democrat:Joni Ernst                                                                                                Bruce Braley           US House                          First Congressional District                      (Replacing Representative Bruce Braley)               Republican:                                                                                           Democrat:Rod Blum                                                                                                 Pat Murphy Second Congressional District            (Incumbent: Dave Loebsack)             Republican:                                                                                            Democrat:Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks                                                                    Dave Loebsack        Third Congressional District                       (Replacing Representative Tom Latham)             Republican:                                                                                             Democrat:David Young                                                                                               Staci Appel Fourth Congressional District           (Incumbent: Steve King)             Republican:                                                                                             Democrat:Steve King                                                                                                   Jim Mowrer       Iowa Governor                              (Incumbent: Terry Branstad)                     Republican:                                                                                            Democrat:Terry Branstad                                                                                           Jack Hatch

2014 Primary Elections: U.S. Senate

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  Democratic Senator Tom Harkin announced last year he was retiring. It’s been decades since Iowa’s had an open senate seat. 

There are five candidates on the Republican side: State Senator Joni Ernst, Former Energy Executive Mark Jacobs, Ames businessman Scott Schaben, Morningside Economics Professor Sam Clovis and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker.

Soon after Senator Harkin announced he was retiring Iowa’s First District Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley quickly entered the race. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters talks with University of Northern Iowa Political Scientist Donna Hoffman about how the race is playing out two weeks ahead of the primary election on June 3.