Dave Muhlbauer drops out of Senate race after nephew dies in farming accident

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MANNING, Iowa — Dave Muhlbauer, a Crawford County Democrat who had been running for the U.S. Senate, confirmed Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race following the death of his young nephew in August.

Muhlbauer’s family has been grieving since his 4-year-old nephew Jed Riesselman died in a farming accident on August 12th. Muhlbauer is a farmer and cattleman in Manning.

Muhlbauer is a former Crawford County supervisor, who lost his re-election bid in 2020.

Abby Finkenauer, a former Congresswoman who now lives in Cedar Rapids; retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken; and Dr. Glenn Hurst, a family physician from Minden, are the three remaining Democrats running in the primary.

Republican Chuck Grassley of New Hartford, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, is running for re-election.

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