Candidates for governor, Congress report fundraising; Gov. Branstad has $4 million in bank


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DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has more than $4 million in his re-election campaign war chest, his campaign reported Tuesday.

The Republican, who is running for a sixth non-consecutive term, said he had raised over $700,000 during the most recent state fundraising period, which ended Monday.

Branstad has been significantly outraising his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jack Hatch. Hatch's campaign has not yet released fundraising information. The official reports are due to the state Monday.

Congressional and Senate candidates were expected to report their fundraising for the financial quarter ending June 30 to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.

In the competitive race for the 3rd Congressional District seat, Republican David Young had raised nearly $340,000 between April 1 and June 30, according to campaign finance data. He had nearly $90,000 in cash. Democrat Staci Appel had raised $425,000 in that time, with $725,000 on hand for the general election. Young, a former chief of staff for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Appel, a former state lawmaker, are vying to replace retiring Republican congressman Tom Latham.

Appel was unopposed in the primary, while Young won the Republican nomination at a district convention over five other candidates. The district covers much of southwest Iowa, stretching from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.

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