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Former energy exec. Mark Jacobs to run for U.S. Senate

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Former energy company executive Mark Jacobs says he plans to run as a Republican for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

The 51-year-old Jacobs announced his decision to run at a Tuesday morning news conference in Des Moines. He says he'll focus on job creation and economic development.

Jacobs plans a 26-city tour of Iowa to announce his campaign. He joins a crowded GOP competition for the seat. Other Republicans seeking to succeed retiring Democrat Tom Harkin include radio host Sam Clovis, state Sen. Joni Ernst, lawyer Paul Lunde, former car salesman Scott Schaben, former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker and former Senate aide David Young.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo is the only Democrat running.

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