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January 25th, 2010

Don’t Underestimate Steve Rathje in the 2nd CD Primary

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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rathjeSteve Rathje has filed his year-end financial disclosure for his second district congressional campaign. Rathje is in a primary battle with 2008 nominee Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and 2008 U.S. Senate nominee Christopher Reed.

Rathje reported that he raised $59,130.00 in 2009. While Rathje’s fundraising total isn’t huge, it is a significant number for a candidate in a three-way primary. Rathje’s $59,000 raised is more than Peter Teahen raised in his entire 2008 congressional campaign. In 2008, Teahen raised $52,216.21 and loaned his campaign $65,333.90.

In the 2008 U.S. Senate primary, Rathje performed better than Reed in the 2nd Congressional District. Rathje garnered 5849 votes in the primary compared to Reed’s 4999. Miller-Meeks, who was also involved in contested primary in the district, received 7372 votes. However, Rathje outperformed both Miller-Meeks and Reed in Linn County. Rathje received 2973 votes, Miller-Meeks had 1604 votes, and Reed garnered 1187 votes.

Rathje’s surprisingly strong fundraising numbers combined with his previous strength in Linn County could prove to be troublesome for Miller-Meeks and Reed. A candidate who can deliver a big margin in Linn County can offset a poor showing in other parts of the district. Rathje’s relatively strong performance in Linn County compared to the other two means that neither of them should underestimate Rathje, especially if he has the resources to run radio and TV ads.

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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