"Energized" Branstad Eyes A Sixth Term

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

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he is "energized" and ready to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office. The Republican governor announced his bid for re-election Wednesday night before several hundred supporters in West Des Moines. He will embark on a statewide tour Thursday.

The 67-year-old Branstad has been laying the groundwork for a race since last summer. He announced last week that he had just over $4 million in his campaign account at the end of December.

During his annual "Condition of the State" speech Tuesday, he spoke of tax cuts, education investments and a decline in unemployment.

Longtime state Sen. Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, is the leading candidate to oppose Branstad.

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