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March 23rd, 2010

Roxanne Conlin Fails to Gain Traction Against Grassley

grassley2007Iowa Democrats believe that U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is vulnerable in the 2010 elections. They point to his lower than normal approval ratings as a sign that Grassley is in serious trouble.

The latest Rasmussen Poll shows that the number of people who had an unfavorable opinion of Grassley has dropped significantly since the first of the year. In January, Grassley had very unfavorables of 32%. That number has dropped to just 13% in Rasmussen’s March survey. Conlin on the other hand, has seen her very unfavorable rating hold steady at 22%.

Rassmussen notes, “Grassley carries male and female voters by sizable margins against all three of his challengers, again little changed from the two previous surveys. Voters not affiliated with either major party favor the incumbent by 35 or more points.”

More important that the favorability numbers is how Grassley performs in head-to-head matchups with his with the three Democrats vying to challenge him in November. Grassley beats all three Democrat by a wide margin. He bests Conlin, his closest challenger, by 19 points.

Grassley – Conlin Matchup: Grassley wins 55% to 36%
Grassley – Krause Matchup: Grassley wins 57% to 31%
Grassley – Fiegen Matchup: Grassley wins 57% to 28%

Those are not the numbers of an incumbent that is in trouble; those are the numbers of a well-respected Senator who is about to cruise to re-election.

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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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