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October 25th, 2009

Rod Roberts wins Allamakee County Straw Poll

rod robertsBelow is the press release from the Roberts Campaign. Terry Branstad and Bob Vander Plaats were not in attendance.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rod Roberts won a straw poll among Allamakee County Republicans on Sunday, providing further evidence of his increasing support in all corners of the state. The Allamakee County Republicans invited all republican gubernatorial candidates to participate in a forum prior to the straw poll. Following the forum, Roberts received 31% of the more than 60 votes cast.

“I am grateful for the support of republicans in Allamakee County,” said Roberts, a five-term State Representative from the western Iowa town of Carroll. “My campaign has been energized by the support of republicans throughout the state, whether in eastern or western Iowa, or urban or rural Iowa. All republicans are responding to my message of restoring competent, effective leadership to the Office of Governor, and this straw poll victory is just a reflection of the growing momentum behind our campaign.”

The straw poll was held during the Allamakee County Republicans’ fall fundraiser in Rossville. Following Roberts in the straw poll were Bob Vander Plaats (24%), Christian Fong (18%), Christopher Rants (15%), Terry Branstad (10%), and Jerry Behn (3%).

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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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