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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Northey passes on governor's race

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has been saying for months
that he was leaning toward running for re-election rather than for
governor in 2010. On Saturday he made it official. ... I've long felt
that Northey would be a long-shot for the Republican gubernatorial
nomination, having gone on record supporting a gas tax increase. Even
if Northey won the GOP nomination, I think that with no base of
support in eastern Iowa population centers, he would have been quite
an underdog against Governor Chet Culver. I'm curious to see whether
Northey continues to employ the high-profile campaign staffers he
hired in May, or whether they will jump to a different Republican
gubernatorial contender. Northey will be heavily favored against
Francis Thicke, the most likely Democratic candidate for secretary of
agriculture.

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