- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Five-term Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will face a challenger in the June 3 Republican primary, and one Democrat has been disqualified from his party’s race.

Tom Hoefling, 53, of Lohrville collected enough signatures to appear on the Republican primary ballot, the Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1ibqyHs ).

Hoefling faces a steep uphill battle against the 67-year-old Branstad. A Des Moines Register Iowa Poll conducted in February found that 63 percent of Iowans approve of the job Branstad is doing as governor, his highest rating since the end of his fourth term in 1999.

Meanwhile, the Iowa secretary of state’s office determined that former Des Moines school board member Jonathan Narcisse did not meet the state’s requirements to appear on the Democratic ballot. That would leave state Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines as the only Democrat running for governor.

In a news release issued Saturday, Narcisse’s campaign said it submitted more than 4,500 signatures from more than 50 counties, exceeding the requirements for numbers of signatures and counties. The release said the secretary of state’s office improperly tossed out entire counties “on a purported technicality.”



“Regardless of the motivation, this attempt to invoke a technicality to keep me off the ballot is a gross act of political disenfranchisement and we plan to fight it at every turn,” Narcisse said in the release.

The deadline to file signatures was 5 p.m. Friday.

The secretary of state’s office also announced Saturday that Gail Boliver, a Marshalltown attorney, has qualified to run for the 1st Congressional District Republican primary.

Attorney Paul Lunde of Ames did not qualify to run in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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