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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Comparing Branstad and Culver: budgets and floods

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
... The key to examining Branstad's record as governor is his 1994 Republican primary battle against then Congressman Fred Grandy. As I wrote last week, it's unheard of for a three-term incumbent governor to face a strong challenge from his own party in the absence of a personal scandal. I'm not aware of anything like it happening elsewhere. Why did Grandy run against Branstad in 1994 instead of waiting for him to retire, and why did Branstad barely win the primary by a 52-48 margin? Branstad's fiscal mismanagement had become too much for many Republicans to stomach.

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