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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

4th District Voter Map

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The 4th District covers the most area, but contains the fewest people of Iowa's four congressional districts.  Situated in the northwest quadrant of the state, Sioux City, Ames and Mason City are the 4th's major population centers.  

Republican Congressman Steve King is seeking his sixth term in the U.S. House. Polling shows Democrat Jim Mowrer trailing King by double digits in the solidly Republican district. 

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 have more independents. 
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Republican strategist David Kochel and Democratic strategist Jeff Link agree Mowrer's hopes look dim.

"Even strong Democratic candidates fare poorly in this district, with only a few counties that will vote Democratic," writes Kochel over email. "Sioux County is one of the most Republican in the entire country, where Republicans outnumber Democrats almost 9-1."

"Only Cerro Gordo and Webster Counties have real Democratic advantages," writes Link. "Even more urban counties like Story and Woodbury are equally divided between Democrats and Republicans."

View maps of Iowa's 1st2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts.