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October 15th, 2010

Lange Raises $200,000 – Has Braley on the Ropes in 1st CD

Ben Lange reported that his 1st District Congressional campaign raised $200,024.38 between July 1st and September 30th. Lange’s report shows a healthy $232,312.69 cash-on-hand number for the campaigns final month. Lange’s campaign has be airing television ads in the Cedar Rapids and Davenport media markets.

The 1st District race has tightened considerably since August. Labor unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been forced to get to get active in the District as Democrats have become nervous that Congressman Bruce Braley, a two-term incumbent Democrat, is all of a sudden vulnerable. SEIU began running television ads in the district this week.

Even though the District has a Democrat voter registration advantage, the generic ballot shows Republicans doing well in the district. In a poll conducted last month, Democrats led in the general ballot in the district by just over one percent – 43.3 percent of voters would prefer to vote for the Democrat, while 42.1 percent favor the Republican. That’s not bad considering that Democrats have a 33 percent to 24 percent registered voter advantage in the district.

Those numbers have likely changed since Braley’s voting record has been highlighted by a series of radio and TV advertisements by the American Future Fund in the last month. The Iowa based group has said that it will spend $800,000 on the 1st District race running ads like these:

Congressman Braley contends that the American Future Fund is lying about his record, but in a joint appearance with Lange last week, he proudly stood by his votes for Obamacare, Cash for Clunkers, Cap and Trade, stimulus, and the various government bailouts that have occurred under the Obama administration.

Lange has been considered to be a big underdog since announcing his campaign a year ago. Heading in to the joint appearance on Iowa Press, many expected Braley, a successful trail attorney, to wipe the floor with Lange, a young attorney from the small town of Independence, Iowa. To the surprise of many, Lange won the debate. Lange has also proved to be an excellent campaigner and shown a knack for fundraising as of late.

With the labor unions coming to Braley’s defense, Lange’s job of trying to beat a powerful incumbent is a difficult one. Still, with less than three weeks to go, Lange is well positioned going into Election Day. Iowa Republicans have Congressman Braley on the ropes in the 1st District. If Lange can deliver the knockout punch, he will have unseated the one incumbent Democrat in Iowa that was thought to be untouchable at the start of the election cycle.

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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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