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Muhlbauer ends US Senate campaign for Iowa seat held by 88-year-old Chuck Grassley — cites death of nephew for dropout



FILE - Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, questions former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa farmer and former county supervisor will end his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Chuck Grassley.


Dave Muhlbauer announced Tuesday he would no longer seek the Democratic nomination for Senate.

In his announcement, Muhlbauer noted the recent death of a nephew and the “devastating effect” on his family. “After a period of reflection with my family and close friends, I have decided that I will not be able to continue my campaign for the United States Senate,” Muhlbauer said.

Muhlbauer, a farmer and former Crawford County supervisor, began his campaign in May.

Former U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, retired Navy Adm. Mike Franken, Minden City Council member Glenn Hurst and former state Rep. Bob Krause of Burlington are still seeking the Democratic nomination.

Grassley is running for an eighth U.S. Senate term. He would be 95 years old at the end of that term if he were to win.

State Sen. Jim Carlin is also seeking the Republican nomination.

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