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June 5th, 2009

Iowa Gubernatorial Straw Poll

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Written by: Craig Robinson

terrace-hillThe Republican primary for Governor will be held on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010. Next week, we will be exactly one year away from knowing who the Republican nominee will be. With the field of candidates beginning to take shape, it’s now an ideal time to see what Iowans think about the prospective candidates for governor.

Next Thursday, The Iowa Republican and WHO Radio personality Steve Deace, will join together to hold The Iowa Republican Gubernatorial Straw Poll. The poll will open at noon on Thursday, June 11th and close at 6 p.m. Votes will be cast using text message. The details on how to sign up to cast your vote will appear on this website in the coming days.

Beginning on Monday, The Iowa Republican will focus on each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Steve Deace will also give his analysis, which will appear on The Iowa Republican. The candidates who will be included in the poll are Jeff Lamberti, Paul McKinley, Chris Rants, and Bob Vander Plaats. Those candidates were selected because I feel that each of them have a better than 50% shot of being on the ballot on June 8, 2010.

I understand that there have been other names mentioned as possible candidates, and there are also candidates like State Representative Rod Roberts and State Senator Jerry Behn who have publically indicated that they are interested in running for governor. Their exclusion from the poll should not be construed as hostility towards their potential candidacies, but at this time, I feel there is a better than 50% chance that they will not ultimately be on the ballot in June of 2010.

Like any poll, The Iowa Republican Gubernatorial Straw Poll will simply provide us with a snapshot one year out from the primary. 365 days is an eternity in politics. New candidates can emerge, existing candidates can fade, and the issue set can totally change at the blink of an eye.

Those candidates included in the poll are encouraged to send The Iowa Republican their web address, photo, and biography. They can also submit an op-ed about either their own candidacy or about the current condition of our state.

The results of the poll will be announced live on Deace in the Afternoon after the poll closes at 6 p.m. People are also encouraged to submit letters to the editor if they want to go public with their support of a candidate. Those letters will be posted on the same day as that particular candidate is showcased. Letters can be submitted by emailing me at [email protected]

Profile Schedule:
Monday: Jeff Lamberti
Tuesday: Paul McKinley
Wednesday: Chris Rants
Thursday: Bob Vander Plaats

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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