OLSON OUT: Hatch Says Focus Is On Branstad

One of the two remaining Democrat contenders for governor says the decision by Tyler Olson to back out of the race won’t affect his campaign.

Democrat Tyler Olson announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for governor because of his pending divorce.

The decision leaves Des Moines area Senator Jack Hatch and former State Representative Bob Krause as the only two Democrats expected to run.

Hatch says Olson’s decision will not have much of an impact on his campaign. “We’ve always had our attention on Terry Branstad,” Hatch said.

“The governor’s gonna be tough enough. So we’ve had a campaign that has been focused on Governor Branstad and the vision of Iowa. Where we want to lead the state.”

A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Iowa voters approve of the job the Republican governor is doing by a 58 to 32 percent margin.

Political strategists say there’s still time for another candidate to throw their hat in the ring.

“I think it’s too early to tell.  The filing date isn’t until March 15th,” says Democratic strategist Jeff Link. “But Senator Hatch has put together a very strong campaign and he’s going to be very difficult to beat in a primary.”

Krouse was not available for an on camera interview, but says he has great respect for Olson and that the decision, “Shakes up the race.”

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