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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Iowa Republican: State of the race: How Fong's departure affects the rest of the field

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

When Christian Fong suspended his campaign for governor, the
Republican primary field shrunk to a four man contest. Yes, five
candidates still remain, but State Senator Jerry Behn isn't a serious
candidate like the other four are. Behn has only attended a handful of
events in central Iowa and has been absent from the campaign trail for
most of the fall. Still, while he may not have a legitimate shot at
winning the nomination, he can influence the race by his presence and
what he says when he does show up at events or forums. As the end of
the year approaches and people are preparing for the holidays, the
gubernatorial candidates are in a mad dash to raise money before the
end-of-the-year filing deadline. Candidates will have to report how
much money they have raised in 2009 on January 19, 2010. On that
Tuesday, we will have a better idea of how these candidates stack up
against one another.

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