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Iowa candidates sprint to primary finish line


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Candidates were sprinting to the finish line in hotly contested primaries that will frame November general election campaigns.

Republicans were putting the finishing touches Monday on a three-way fight for the right to oppose Gov. Chet Culver, while three Democrats were vying to challenge Sen. Charles Grassley.

Polling show former Gov. Terry Branstad leading over businessman Bob Vander Plaats and state Rep. Rod Roberts in the Republican primary for governor, but low-turnout primaries can confound predictions.

In the Democratic Senate primary, Roxanne Conlin is favored over Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause.

Republican primaries in the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts also were drawing attention.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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