August 27th, 2009

Vander Plaats Wins IFPC’s State Fair Straw Poll

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Written by: Craig Robinson

bvp-votingThe Iowa Family Policy Center conducted a gubernatorial Straw Poll at the Iowa State Fair, which came to a close this past Sunday. Nobody is surprised that Bob Vander Plaats won the Straw Poll, but the results are far closer than some might have imagined. The following are the results.

Vander Plaats – 340
Branstad – 311
King – 194
None of the Above/Mickey Mouse – 102
Culver – 89
Roberts – 72
Fong – 31
Rants – 28
McKinley – 20
Behn – 8

While the poll is unscientific, the first thing that jumps out is that former Governor Terry Branstad holds his own with Bob Vander Plaats. Branstad, who is not even an announced candidate, came up only 29 votes short of Vander Plaats’ 340 votes. Both Vander Plaats and Branstad pummeled the other contenders, including Governor Culver, who received 89 votes.

Another interesting observation is that the third place finisher was another non-candidate, Congressman Steve King. King, who has been coy about his political ambitions, is a champion of the social conservatives. In fourth place was Mickey Mouse or none of the above.

The Iowa Family Policy Center will be holding a Family Values Summit at the State Fairgrounds on September 12th. The event is a hog roast, and those in attendance will be given the opportunity to vote for their candidate of choice at the conclusion of the event. Thus far, Bob Vander Plaats, Chris Rants, Christian Fong, and Rod Roberts have confirmed their attendance for that event.

Event details are as follows:

Iowa Family Policy Center
Family Values Summit & Hog Roast
Ag Building – Iowa State Fair Grounds

Saturday, September 12th
5:30 p.m.

For more information, click here.

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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