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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Campaign Diaries: Republicans receive encouraging poll results from Arkansas, Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Campaign Diaries

We're back to the 80s in Iowa: Branstad and Grassley hold big leads.
As soon as former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signaled he would seek
to regain his old job, we knew that Chet Culver would be one of the
cycle's most endangered incumbents. And a new Des Moines Register poll
suggests the race might not even be competitive: Branstad leads by a
stunning 24% margin - 57% to 33%. Despite the fact that his approval
rating is not dismal (40-49) and his favorability rating remains
positive (47-46), Culver finds himself in David Paterson-territory!
(This survey, conducted by Selzer & Co., is one of the country's most
reputable polls so it's hard to dismiss these results - especially
since Rasmussen found Culver facing just as large a deficit earlier
this fall.)

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