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Recent poll shows how candidates stack up in 1st District race

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Who will replace Bruce Braley in Congress? The first step in the process is about two and a half months away.

For the Democratic candidates vying for the Iowa's First District Congressional seat, it's a tight race.

A recent poll released from candidate Dave O'Brien's campaign shows voters aren't jumping up and down unanimously for any one candidate in the running.

The poll reached 400 likely voters, who deemed the front runner at this point to be State Rep. Pat Murphy. The former Speaker of the House has 27 percent of support from likely voters.

Close behind is Dave O'Brien with 26 percent.

The next three candidates might as well be in a tug-of-war for third place.

Both State Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic and former state legislator Swati Dandekar have support of 13 percent. Rep. Kajtazovic of Waterloo recently became endorsed by Bruce Braley's mother, Marcia Braley.

In last place is Cedar Rapids Councilwoman Monica Vernon, as voters gave her 11 percent support.

The lack of any overwhelming support gives no candidate the luxury of avoiding going to party convention. The primary will be in June.

A debate featuring the Republican candidates running for the First District Congressional seat will be held on Friday, March 28 on KWWL's Today in Iowa.
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