Iowa Primary Candidates: One In, One Out

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Five-term Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will face a challenger in the June 3rd Republican primary while one Democrat has been disqualified from his party's race.

Fifty-three-year-old Tom Hoefling of Lohrville collected enough signatures to appear on the Republican primary ballot.

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office determined that former Des Moines school board member Jonathan Narcisse did not meet the state's requirements to appear on the Democratic ballot. That would leave state Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines as the only Democrat running for governor.

Narcisse's campaign says it exceeded Iowa's requirements to appear on the ballot and will challenge the secretary of state's decision. The deadline to file signatures was 5 p.m. Friday.

Hatch's campaign says he obtained 10,655 signature on nomination petitions to put him on the primary ballot. He needed at least 4,113 signatures to qualify for the ballot. Hatch, who turned 64 last Thursday, said he's looking forward to campaigning hard throughout the next eight months.

Gov. Branstad filed his nomination papers last month with 10,745 signatures to seek his sixth non-consecutive term. He needed 3,654 signatures.

The number of signatures required to be on the ballot is based on the number of votes cast for the party's candidate for president in the 2012 general election.


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