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Monday, August 03, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Branstad no longer ruling out governor's race

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Less than three months after saying he would not run against Governor Chet Culver next year, former governor Terry Branstad now tells the Des Moines Register he is "not ruling it out." ... A Branstad candidacy would force some of the lesser-known Republicans from the race, but the GOP field will not clear for him. Bob Vander Plaats will stay in, and he plays to the social conservative constituency that saved Branstad's bacon in his tough 1994 primary against Congressman Fred Grandy. I think there would be a niche for a third candidate who might emphasize Vander Plaats' poor general election prospects and Branstad's record of fiscal mismanagement as governor.

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