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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

1st District Voter Map

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Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers northeast Iowa, and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo.

Republican Rod Blum and Democrat Pat Murphy are neck-and-neck for the open seat, vacated by Democrat Bruce Braley who is running for U.S. Senate. 

Sources: US Census Bureau, Iowa Secretary of State’s Office Click on a county to see population and voter registration information. Counties in red have more Republican voters than Democrats or independents, blue have more Democrats and yellow more independents. 
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In an email Democratic strategist Jeff Link points out while Republicans outnumber Democrats in more counties in the district, the counties with the bigger populations lean Democratic. 

"Linn, Black Hawk and Dubuque counties all give the Democrats about a 10,000 vote advantage," writes Link, "which more than offsets the rural counties Republicans skew."

Also over email, Republican strategist David Kochel says the district, though traditionally Democratic, can vote Republican in non-presidential elections. 

"Governor Branstad has carried every single county in this district," writes Kochel. "Pro-life Catholic Democrats in Dubuque County have long been a part of the GOP coalition, and Congressman Braley has struggled in polling in this district with low favorability stemming from his tenure in Congress."

View maps of Iowa's 2nd, 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts.