By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau
DES MOINES — Lohrville Republican Tom Hoefling has set his sights high in making his first bid for statewide elective office in Iowa.
He’s taking on the longest-serving governor in U.S. history in Iowa’s June 3 Republican primary election, and trying to deny Gov. Terry Branstad an unprecedented sixth four-year term.
“I think we’ve got to do what we think is right and leave the results to God,” said Hoefling, 53, who conceded that political experts probably don’t give him much of a chance given Branstad’s huge money advantage and name recognition. But he’s counting on Iowans’ dissatisfaction with government to buoy his chances.
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