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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Another contender has thrown his hat into the ring for 2016, but this time, we're not talking the presidential race.

No, this is for the U.S. Senate seat held by long time Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-New Hartford).

Iowa Sen. Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) announced he's running for that Senate seat--a fight he knows is an uphill battle.

"I started with no money, no office and no staff," Hogg said Wednesday in Dubuque.  "(Grassley)'s got a 42 year head start, a 3 plus million dollar head start."

But that's not stopping Hogg, who is centering his campaign around climate change and campaign reform.

"Iowans deserve a choice and voters get to make a decision about who they want to represent us in the United States Senate and I hope Iowans will give me a chance," Hogg said.

As for that fight--it may be a doozy.  First Hogg will have to beat out Tom Fiegan and Bob Krause for the Democratic nomination.  Both men ran in 2010, and both failed to secure the nomination.

And if he clears that hurdle, he'll then have to take on Grassley, who has been serving in the Senate since 1981, and has not seen his Iowa approval rating dip below 54 percent since 1982.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Grassley said he hadn't started thinking about the 2016 campaign yet.

"I must do the very best job I can of representing the people of Iowa," Grassley said. "And I'm going to concentrate on doing the job of a representative of the people of Iowa in the United States Senate, and let those actions speak for themselves. And I'm not going to worry about who my opponents are at this point."

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