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Branstad, Hatch secure party nominations, prepare for Gov. race

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic nominee for governor Jack Hatch secured their respective party's nominations Tuesday night.

Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statements after securing the Republican nomination over Republican Tom Hoefling:

“Iowa Republicans decided today that they want to see continued job growth, business investment, higher incomes, better schools and lower taxes,” said Gov. Branstad. “We are thankful to the voters who supported us today and to the thousands of volunteers across the 99 counties who made this victory possible.

"Now we will continue to work hard through the November election to help Republicans all the way down the ticket. We look forward to having all of our Republican candidates and their supporters come together and unite for the final five months of the 2014 campaign."

“It’s clear tonight that Republicans are energized for building Iowa's future after seeing Iowa’s comeback over the past three years, and we are humbled by their support,” said Lt. Gov. Reynolds. “2014 is the year that Republicans in Iowa can take the open Senate and Congressional seats that could alter the balance of power in Washington, D.C. and our nominees can bring Iowa values to the nation’s capital.

"We will work tirelessly to help our fellow Republicans win in November and will focus on a positive message that highlights our achievements with job growth, education reform and tax cuts here in Iowa the past three years. And we want to let Iowans across the state know: we’re just getting started.”

Hatch ran unopposed for the nomination. He was congratulated by Iowa Democratic Party chairman Scott Brennan, who released the following statement:

“On behalf of Democrats across the state, I congratulate Senator Jack Hatch on securing the Democratic nomination for Governor of Iowa," Brennan said.

“Jack is a proven leader on the issues that Iowans care most about, such as education, health care, and economic development. He has been a champion for the middle class, and he will be the advocate all Iowans need in Terrace Hill.

“The choices in this race could not be clearer. Democrats have a nominee in Jack Hatch who cares about creating new opportunities for all Iowans by partnering with communities large and small, while Terry Branstad has demonstrated he cares more about creating new opportunities for his few friends and donors at the expense of working Iowans.

“With the primary behind us, Democrats are united behind Jack Hatch, and we will do everything we can to ensure his victory in November and return honesty and integrity to the Governor’s Office.”

Hatch also noted he will select a lieutenant governor candidate prior to the June 21 Iowa Democratic Party convention.

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