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Democrat Fred Hubbell has won the endorsement of a former rival, state Rep. Todd Prichard.

The Hubbell campaign announced the endorsement in a news release.

"I’m endorsing Fred for two simple reasons: he would make an outstanding governor for all Iowans, rural and urban, and I know Fred can win in November and deliver the real results our state desperately needs," Prichard said in the news release. which was released by the Hubbell campaign.

Prichard, of Charles City, dropped out of the race in August, announcing he would seek another term in the legislature next year. He also cited the demands of fundraising for the campaign.

The endorsement could help Hubbell in Iowa's smaller towns and rural areas. Prichard was the only Democratic candidate from outside one of Iowa's urban centers to run for governor, which he emphasized during his bid.

In accepting the nomination, Hubbell also noted Prichard's background as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Hubbell said Prichard "will be a vital resource advising on rural issues, agriculture, and veterans issues, given his wide expertise as a leader in the legislature and service in the Army."

Prichard has a connection to Davenport, too. He grew up here.

There are seven Democrats who are seeking the party's nomination to run for governor next year. The filing deadline for the June 5, 2018 primary is March 16th.

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