Given the importance of this office Miller’s Republican opponent, Brenna Findley, was able to raise an exceptional amount of money for her campaign. She was helped along the way with several plugs from Terry Branstad. Findley’s candidacy was endorsed by Branstad at almost all of his campaign stops which, along with her numerous radio and TV commercials, increased Findley’s name ID very quickly, which was necessary when going up against such an entrenched incumbent.
Findley first worked on introducing herself to the people, but then put the focus of her campaign on Tom Miller’s record, which included letting two violent sex offenders go free thanks to his office missing a deadline, appointing a Culver donor to head a special investigation into fraudulent donations to Culver’s campaign, protecting state administrators who had wasted government money, and accepting almost $100,000 in loans to his campaign from two of his own subordinate employees.
Ultimately, Miller’s name ID won out over Findley’s substance and message. But if this race was any indication, Miller had better be ready for another tough challenge four years from now.
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