URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — In a setback for the tea party and libertarian forces in Iowa, establishment Republicans have nominated their candidate for a House seat in one of the nation's most competitive congressional districts.
The nomination Saturday of David Young in Iowa's 3rd District punctuates the efforts of mainline Republicans to defeat libertarian GOP activists who supported retired Texas Congressman Ron Paul for President.
Young is a former chief of staff for Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. Young overcame an early lead from state Senator Brad Zaun. A tea party-backed lawmaker, Zaun already has drawn criticism from Democrats who characterize him as extreme.
Young will face Democratic former state Senator Staci Appel in the general election in November.
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