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June 6th, 2010

Des Moines Register Poll Shows Branstad with Huge Lead

Iowa Republicans have been clamoring to see primary polling results this spring. Now it seems like we are beginning to be inundated with primary poll when the only poll that really matters is just hours away.

The Des Moines Register released the results form its Iowa Poll last night. The poll shows former Governor Terry Branstad with a commanding lead over his two opponents. Branstad garnered 57%, while Bob Vander Plaats had 29%, and Rod Roberts received 8%.

Branstad’s strength in the polls is amazing considering that a Democratic group called, Iowans for Responsible Government, have spent over a half a million dollars attacking him in the final month of the campaign.

Some Vander Plaats supporters were quick to dismiss the polling results because they came from the Des Moines Register. While the content of the paper is at time questionable, its Iowa Poll has proven to be very reliable.

Selzer & Company of Des Moines, who has conducted the polls for the Register for years, conducted the poll. In the last Iowa Poll before the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, the poll showed Mike Huckabee finishing ahead of Mitt Romney by a significant margin. Selzer also predicted that Barack Obama would win the caucuses.

You can read the Register’s Iowa Poll by clicking here.

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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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