Iowa Democrat drops out of US Senate race after death in family

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 4:51 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - Democrat Dave Muhlbauer has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate, in Iowa, following the death of his nephew.

In a statement, Muhlbauer, who’s a former Crawford County Supervisor, said “for those of you who are not aware, my nephew died in an accident earlier this year. As I’m sure you can all imagine, this has had a devastating effect on our family. After a period of reflection with my family and close firends, I have decided that I will not be able to continue my campaign for the United States Senate.”

Back on May 24, Muhlbauer entered the race for Grassley’s seat. He called himself an “old-school farmer-labor Democrat” who was running to bring the needs of rural economics and working families back to the halls of Congress.

The remaining Democrats running for Grassley’s seat include former Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Glenn Hurst who is a city council member for Minden, Iowa, and Bob Krause president of the Veterans National Recovery Center.

The 2022 primary election in Iowa is June 7 and the midterm general election is next Nov. 8.

Grassley faces a primary of his own. He’s challenged by Republican State Sen. Jim Carlin of Sioux City.

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