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Outlook Different For Both Parties in Iowa Senate Race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Five months after U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin gave Iowa its first open Senate seat in 40 years, the 2014 race is shaping up differently in each party, with Democrats quickly uniting behind a well-known prospect, while Republicans still are casting about for their candidate.
   Democrat U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, his party's lone candidate, is steadily raising money and racking up endorsements.  The latest is former Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, who told The Associated Press Monday that he was formally backing Braley.
   Culver says Democrats expect a "challenging and difficult race," but that Braley is getting into a position where he can win.
   On the Republican side, a host of top-tier prospects have opted out, others are still weighing their options and money and major endorsements remain largely up for grabs.

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