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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Iowa Independent: Despite wide personnel gap, state GOP remains optimistic

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

The Republican Party of Iowa will hold its state convention Friday and
Saturday, and with Iowa considered a battleground for both national
and state races, all eyes turn to Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines to see how
strong the state's minority party truly is. Republican officials are
outwardly optimistic about their chances this November to deliver the
state to GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and pick up seats
in the state Legislature. But they readily admit their party faces an
uphill struggle due in part to a large deficit in paid staff on the
ground around the state. According to reports filed the Federal
Election Commission on June 20, the Republican Party of Iowa had only
seven salaried employees on staff, compared to 28 for the state
Democrats (however, many of those employees were reassigned to work
strictly for the Obama campaign).

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