Top Senate Democrat considering run for governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he’s considering a bid for governor.

Gronstal made the comment Friday during a taping of the public television program, “Iowa Press.” The Council Bluffs Democrat says that with the legislative session over, he is “seriously” considering running for governor in 2014.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has not announced if he will seek re-election, but he is widely expected to do so. No other Democrats have formally entered the race, though Sen. Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, says he is seriously looking at running.

Gronstal says he expects to make a decision by the end of the summer

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