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February 15th, 2010

Dallas County GOP Plans Gubernatorial Straw Poll

Dallas CoFastest Growing GOP County in Des Moines Metro to Measure Support for Republican Candidates at Pre-County Convention Rally in Dallas Center on March 5th. All GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Invited to Woo 2010 Primary Voters & Volunteers

WAUKEE, IA—The Dallas County Republican Party wants to know where its GOP Primary Voters stand on the four Republican candidates running for Iowa Governor.

At a Pre-County Convention Rally on March 5th, the night before all Republican County Conventions across the state, the Dallas County GOP Central Committee will conduct a Straw Poll for those attending the Rally, which includes a Chili & Soup Supper. All four Republican gubernatorial candidates have been invited to attend, with the campaigns (in alphabetical order) of Terry Branstad, Rod Roberts, and Bob Vander Plaats so far confirming their participation. In addition to the governor’s race, all Republican statewide elected officials and candidates running for statewide office in 2010 have been invited to the Dallas County event.

“The Dallas County Republican Pre-Convention Rally & Supper traditionally has proven to be a great hit for candidates, elected officials and GOP voters,” according to County Chair Mitch Hambleton. “This year, we wanted to provide additional incentive and excitement for the candidates and the crowd by holding a County Straw Poll on the Republican Governor’s race. Not only will this give folks a quick check on where the Republican gubernatorial candidates stand with primary voters, it also provides a great Republican forum for all of the statewide GOP candidates to come speak to our volunteers and activists the night before they’re pushed and pulled all across the state at the 99 county conventions.”

The low-cost Rally & Supper is $10 per person or $25 for families. Supper tickets include Straw Poll Ballots for those who will be 18 or over on November 2, 2010. The event will be held from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Dallas Center Elementary School, the same location at the County Convention on Saturday morning, March 6th. Republican County officials expect gubernatorial candidates to speak from 6:30pm-7:15pm, when the ballot box opens for Straw Poll voting. Results are expected to be announced at 7:45pm.

RSVPs for the Chili & Soup Supper should be directed to Publicity Chair Christi Taylor ctaylor@iowaclinic.com. For more information about candidate confirmations, please contact Finance Chair Pete Jeffries or County Chair Mitch Hambleton.


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