Another hopeful likely in crowded GOP Senate race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The scrum of Iowa Republicans running for U.S. Senate is likely to grow even larger because a former energy company executive is expected to enter the race.

Mark Jacobs, the 51-year-old former chief executive officer of Texas-based Reliant Energy, will share his plans regarding the 2014 Senate race on Tuesday.

No clear leader has emerged in the GOP Senate field. The Republicans seeking to succeed retiring Democrat Tom Harkin include radio host Sam Clovis, state Sen. Joni Ernst, lawyer Paul Lunde, former car salesman Scott Schaben, former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker and former Senate aide David Young.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo is the only Democrat.

Jacobs could be a strong candidate, both for his business background and because his personal wealth means he can fund his own campaign.

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