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BROOKLYN, Iowa – Republican candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture Craig Lang said the inability of any candidate to surpass 35 percent in Tuesday's five-way primary election is "no surprise" and he looks forward to stating his case to delegates who will select the nominee at the party's June 16 state convention. 


"With five candidates in the race, we all knew it would be difficult to win outright by reaching the 35-percent threshold. I'm pleased to have had broad support across the entire state and I think that makes a strong case for the nomination," said Lang, who raises dairy and beef livestock and grows grain crops on his sixth-generation family farm. "The decision will be in the hands of delegates at the state convention and Iowans can rest assured that decision is in good hands."


Lang, who was the first candidate to enter the race last year, said he will continue to emphasize his commitment to improving Iowa's soil health, making the state's water cleaner and re-energizing the rural economy. He will also tout the strength he would bring to the party's statewide ticket this fall. 


Lang thanked his wife, Mary, and four adult children for their support during the campaign. "Family is the most important of all of God's gifts.  I'm blessed to be where I am at now, and equally excited about where this journey will lead," he said. "I look forward to making my case to convention delegates that I will be the best candidate for the position this fall."


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