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GOP Pack Grows In 1st District Race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The list of Republicans running for Democrat U.S. Representative Bruce Braley's House seat is growing quickly now that Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen passed on the race.

State Representative Walt Rogers of Cedar Falls and former Cedar Rapids Mayor Paul Pate are both considering a run. Braley is giving up the seat to run for U.S. Senate.

Rogers has formed an exploratory committee and plans to test his fundraising ability before committing to run.

Pate says he's planning to run for the seat after friends encouraged him to pursue it.

The 1st District includes 20 northeast Iowa counties. Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum are both running as Republicans.

Five candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination.

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