Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett became the first Republican to announce a GOP primary challenge to new Gov. Kim Reynolds, who ascended to her position in late May. The transition came when Gov. Terry Branstad (R) accepted President Trump’s appointment as US Ambassador to China forcing him to resign as the state’s chief executive. Previously, Ms. Reynolds had been Lt. Governor, and a state Senator prior to winning the statewide office. Seven Democrats have already entered the gubernatorial race, including two state legislators, a pair of former state Democratic Party chairmen, and a labor union local president. The Iowa Governor’s race is certainly a campaign to watch.
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