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Republican candidates compete for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's seat

(KTIV) -The race for retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's seat is a crowded one.
It's especially full of candidates trying to turn the democratic seat into a republican one.

David Young, Mark Jacobs, Sam Clovis, Matt Whittaker, and Joni Ernst are all trying to stand out as the top republican candidate and secure a win in the republican primary.

"I have chosen to do this because I am concerned about our economy and our job growth here in the United States, and making sure that our children have the same opportunities that we did, if not more," said Joni Ernst.

"I want to fight hard in Washington D.C. to make the tough choices, and to get our Federal government reconciled and have another hundred prosperous years, like we inherited from our parents," said Matt Whitaker.

"Washington leaders are incapable of solving the problems that we have in the people. My career in the private sector has been one about going in, bringing people together, and solving problems. I think that's what's missing in Washington," said Mark Jacobs.

"What you have to do is go in and not be beholden to special interest. Right now special interest is corrupting the government, it has corrupt our government, and it continues to corrupt our government," said Sam Clovis.

"I'm running to make sure this generation has a shot at the American dream, like you and I have had, and it's not out of line. We can do this. I'm optimistic," said David Young.

 The winner of the Republican Primary will likely face Bruce Braley, the only Democrat in the race.
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