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January 3, 2014

Democratic field for Iowa governor narrows

DES MOINES — After a potential rival dropped out of the primary race Thursday, Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch looked increasingly like he will be his party’s best option to take on popular Gov. Terry Branstad in November.

Hatch, a state senator from Des Moines, was endorsed by former Democratic lawmaker Bob Krause, who had been considering a run for governor. Another Democratic candidate — Cedar Rapids Democrat Tyler Olson — dropped out of the race last month for personal reasons. One other Democrat, little-known Paul Dahl of Webster City, remains in the race.

“It certainly appears now that Jack Hatch will be our nominee,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan, while noting that another candidate could still enter the race before the March filing deadline

Hatch, 63, will have to rally support and enthusiasm for a likely race against Branstad, a 67-year-old Republican who’s expected to run for an unprecedented sixth non-consecutive term. Branstad has strong approval ratings and is touting property tax cuts, education investments and a decline in unemployment as key accomplishments. He’s known as a ferocious campaigner who’s never lost a race, besting many top Iowa Democrats in previous elections.

Some of the state’s top Democrats, including the largest union in Iowa, had been supporting Olson, a 37-year-old who had framed himself as a fresh, young alternative to Branstad. Hatch obviously can’t fill that profile. But state Sen. Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, said he thinks Democrats can get excited about Hatch, citing his support for expanding low-income health care as an example of his liberal policy record.

“Tyler brought a lot of potential to the race. He was very exciting. It was turning the page, a new generation,” said Hogg, who had endorsed Olson. “But Iowans have a U.S. Senator who just turned 80 years old and said he was going to run again. I think people will get excited about Sen. Hatch.”

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