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Mike Franken wins Democratic US Senate primary; to take on Chuck Grassley in November

Brianne Pfannenstiel Des Moines Register

Democrat Mike Franken will take on Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in November, clinching an primary upset victory over perceived frontrunner Abby Finkenauer.

Franken, a retired Navy admiral, entered the race months after Finkenauer, but quickly built up steam, overtaking her in fundraising and beating her to the television airwaves in April. Finkenauer, a former U.S. representative, had announced her campaign to national fanfare last summer and earned major endorsements, but she struggled to get on the ballot after Republicans challenged signatures on her paperwork.

By primary Election Day, Franken had outspent Finkenauer roughly five to one on television and digital advertising, helping to close the gap in name recognition he faced at the race’s outset.

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