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Hubbell Wins Democratic Primary for Governor


A wealthy businessman who has never been elected to public office will challenge Iowa’s Republican governor in November. Fred Hubbell, a retired insurance executive, secured the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary by winning a crowded five-candidate contest. He far exceeded the 35% threshold needed to avoid a state convention where party activists would have picked the winner. Hubbell will face Gov. Kim Reynolds, who ran unopposed. The former lieutenant governor was sworn in last year to serve the remainder of former Governor Terry Branstad’s term after his appointment as US ambassador to China. She’s the first female governor in Iowa history and is seeking the distinction of being the first woman elected to the position.

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