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Bob Krause drops campaign for governor, supports Jack Hatch

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Democrat Bob Krause says he's ending his campaign to be Iowa governor, saying he'll support fellow Democratic candidate Jack Hatch instead.

In a statement Thursday, Krause said, "Either Jack Hatch or I will be facing the $10 million man in the general election after an excruciating and exhausting primary," referring to incumbent Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is widely expected to run for another term.

"Accordingly, our chances of achieving the ultimate goal -- taking the governorship for the Democrats – would be substantially diminished," Krause said. "Between now and the primary, our nominee needs to be consolidating and fundraising if the Democrats are to win."

Krause noted that he was not dropping out because of low poll numbers, citing several polls where he came out on top of or tied with other potential candidates.

Krause also says other Democrats should refrain from entering the gubernatorial race so Hatch can plan his campaign against Branstad in the fall.

Krause also says he's eying a seat in Congress, and wants to challenge U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley.

"I will open a Senate Committee very soon," Krause said. "This is a full and not a tentative commitment. I urge fellow Democrats to give me the same clean shot at defeating a sitting incumbent as I am giving Jack Hatch."

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