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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will make stops in three QCA cities Thursday on their "Building Iowa's Future Tour." The stops follow Wednesday night's announcement they will seek re-election. 

The pair will stop in Fort Madison at 2 p.m. at Ivy Bake Shoppe & Cafe. They will then travel to Elly's Tea and Coffee House in Muscatine at 4:30 and the Machine Shed Restaurant in Davenport at 6 p.m. 

Branstad's office said all stops on the tour are free and open to the public. Tickets are available online at www.BranstadReynolds.com/Events or at the door.

 

Original story: 

Branstad announces bid for re-election

Posted: Jan 15, 2014 4:01 PM CSTUpdated: Jan 15, 2014 7:25 PM CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he is "energized" and ready to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office.

The Republican governor announced his bid for re-election Wednesday night before several hundred supporters at a conference center in West Des Moines. He will embark on a statewide tour Thursday.

The 67-year-old Branstad has been laying the groundwork for a race since last summer. He announced last week that he had just over $4 million in his campaign account at the end of December.

During his annual "Condition of the State" speech Tuesday, he boasted about tax cuts, education investments and a decline in unemployment.

Longtime state Sen. Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, is the leading candidate to oppose Branstad.

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