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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

Iowa Sends Two Incumbents Back to Washington

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Republican Steve King will return to Congress for another term, after again defeating a Democratic challenger. He's pictured here in Ames during his 2012 campaign.

The incumbent candidates in Iowa’s second and fourth Congressional Districts will return to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City won against Republican Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa. This is the third time Miller-Meeks has challenged Loebsack, who will return to Congress for a fifth term.

In his victory speech, Loebsack said he’ll keep working for the middle class, not forget where he came from, and work across the aisle.

“I’m going to work with anyone who wants to work with me,” he said, “to make sure we’re going to keep this economic recovery.”

In northwest Iowa, Republican Rep. Steve King of Kiron won a seventh term in Congress. He defeated Democrat Jim Mowrer, an Iraq War veteran from Boone.

King told supports in Sioux City, “The results of this campaign provide a clear mandate for conservative salutation, while also showing voters soundly rejecting the disastrous policies set by President Obama and the dishonesty of the liberal left.”  

Republicans Rod Blum and David Young will join King and Loebsack in the U.S. House. Both won tight races in open seats in the first and third Congressional District respectively.

Because Republican Joni Ernst beat Democrat Bruce Braley in the race for U.S. Senate, Loebsack will be the only Democrat to represent Iowa in Congress.