Five GOP Candidates Vy for Open U.S. Senate Seat in Iowa

By Heather Hubbs

The June 3rd primary is just days away now. For the first time in 40 years there is an open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa. Senator Tom Harkin decided not to run for re-election this year leaving the race wide open. Representative Bruce Braley is the likely democratic nominee, but there’s no clear nominee on the republican side. There are 5 republican candidates on the primary ballot. They include Sam Clovis, a retired Air Force Colonel and current professor from Hinton, Iowa. Joni Ernst of Red Oak, is a current member of the Iowa Senate and serves as Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. Mark Jacobs, a businessman and former CEO of Reliant Energy lives in West Des Moines. Scott Schaben is a sales manager for an auto dealership in Ames. And finally Matt Whitaker, is a former U.S. Attorney and small business owner from Des Moines. One candidate must get at least 35 percent of the vote to win the nomination. If that doesn’t happen, the party will decide at the state convention on June 14th. Watch the video link above to find out what each candidate says sets them apart from their competition.

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