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      Tuesday
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      Thursday
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      Branstad announces bid for re-election

      Gov. Branstad plans to run for his sixth term in office.

      Gov. Terry Branstad says he is "energized" and ready to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office.

      The Republican governor announced his bid for re-election Wednesday night before several hundred supporters at a conference center in West Des Moines. He will embark on a statewide tour Thursday.

      The 67-year-old Branstad has been laying the groundwork for a race since last summer. He announced last week that he had just over $4 million in his campaign account at the end of December.

      During his annual "Condition of the State" speech Tuesday, he boasted about tax cuts, education investments and a decline in unemployment.

      Longtime state Sen. Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, is the leading candidate to oppose Branstad.