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Reports show incumbents hold fundraising edge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's incumbent members of Congress have built a huge financial edge over challengers that should give them a big advantage heading into this fall's general election.

University of Iowa political science professor Bruce Gronbeck says incumbents usually raise more money than challengers, and it's one reason they typically win re-election.

In central Iowa's 3rd District, financial disclosures show Democratic U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell has more than $700,000 in reserve. His Republican challenger, state Sen. Brad Zaun, has about $100,000 in reserves, but nearly $48,000 in debt.

In western Iowa's 5th District, Republican Rep. Steve King reports more than $300,000 in reserves. Democratic challenger Matt Campbell has about $22,000 in cash and nearly $50,000 in debt.

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