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Monday, December 14, 2009

The Iowa Republican: Flaws begin to emerge in Branstad campaign

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

For most of this year, former Governor Terry Branstad has dominated
political news stories across the state. The speculation that began
this past summer about a run for a fifth term for Branstad came to
fruition this fall when he retired from Des Moines University to focus
on his campaign. As a potential candidate, Branstad enjoys what one
would expect from a former governor. Since June, Branstad has beaten
current Governor Chet Culver in head-to-head polls conducted by
TheIowaRepublican.com, the Iowa First Foundation, and The Des Moines
Register. In each of those polls, Branstad doesn't win by a narrow
margin; he crushes Governor Culver by 20 points. Much of the success
that Branstad enjoyed in the early polls can be attributed to two
things. First, Branstad has tremendous name recognition across the
state, even after being out of the political spotlight for the last
decade. Second, Iowans are frustrated with Governor Culver and have
concluded that he is not up to the task of leading the state through
these difficult economic times.

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