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SENATE RACE: GOP Candidates In Crowded Field

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A US Senate candidate made his pitch to a breakfast crowd in Des Moines Tuesday and he told them right away he knows there are a lot of choices right now.

“We're going to have a lot of people in this race and right now, we have a basketball team and we even have the start of the bench," candidate Sam Clovis joked.

The Sioux City radio talk show host spoke to about 30 people at the Des Moines Conservatives’ Breakfast.

Clovis is one of more than half a dozen potential candidates for the race and tried to use his 25 years in the military and his age to stand out before the crowd.

“Coming close to being a seasoned citizen gives me a huge advantage because I’ve already had my head turned by a lot of things. And I don't have anything in Washington other than standing on the floor of the Senate and representing the people of Iowa and doing what is best for this country,” Clovis pitched.

Senator Chuck Grassley told Channel 13 Tuesday that with so many possible candidates in the race, those who can't raise much money may be forced to drop out.

Another republican is also launching her campaign for US senate.

State Senator Joni Ernst announced last week she would seek the GOP nomination for Tom Harkin's seat in 2014.

Her six-city tour starts Wednesday morning at the courthouse in her hometown of Red Oak. Her last stop is Thursday at the Caribou Coffee on Hickman Road in Waukee.

Ernst will also stop in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, and Davenport.

Other republicans seeking the nomination include former US Attorney Matt Whitaker, attorney Paul Lunde, and former aide to Senator Charles Grassley, David Young.

Congressman Bruce Braley is the only declared candidate on the democratic side.