Branstad hosts political fundraiser in Washington

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad will host top Republican elected officials at a political fundraiser in Washington.

The event was scheduled for Tuesday night at the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill. According to Branstad’s political website, expected guests include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

Branstad has not announced his political plans, but he is widely expected to seek a sixth term as governor in 2014.

Many of the invited guests are considered possible 2016 Republican presidential contenders who are well aware of Iowa’s prominence as an early voting state.

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