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March 5th, 2010

Vander Plaats Wins Dallas County Straw Poll

Vander-Plaats-Capitol1-300x200WAUKEE, IA—Dallas County Republicans voted Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats the winner of its Gubernatorial Straw Poll on Friday night.  Vander Plaats grabbed 43% of the total vote, edging former Governor Terry Branstad (38%) and State Rep. Rod Roberts (19%).

The Pre-Convention Straw Poll featuring the three Republicans running for Iowa Governor was a great draw for folks of all political stripes in Dallas County, and it was a good test for those gubernatorial campaigns three months before the June primary in the fastest growing Republican county in the state,” remarked Pete Jeffries, Dallas County Republican Finance Chair.  “The Pre-Convention Rally also helps accommodate more candidates running for statewide office, by allowing them to join us in Dallas County on Friday night and be able to hit more County Conventions throughout our great state on Saturday.”

The Straw Poll highlighted a Pre-Convention Rally at the Dallas Center Elementary School featuring a Chili & Soup Supper as well as Republican candidates and campaigns for governor, other statewide offices, and Congressman Tom Latham (R-Ames).  The local party raised more than $1,000 at the family fun event, attended by more than 160 adults and children, to help Republican candidates running in Dallas County in the November 2010 elections.

Besides overall tabulations, Dallas County Republicans also released the results of how Straw Poll ballots were cast from both Dallas County residents and non-residents:

Candidate Dallas Co. Residents Non-Dallas Co. Residents Combined Total

1) Vander Plaats            42% (42 votes)              44% (15 votes)                          43% (57 votes)

2) Branstad                   36% (36 votes)              41% (14 votes)                          38% (50 votes)

3) Roberts                     21% (21 votes)              15% (5 votes)                            19% (26 votes)

By winning the overall vote, County Organization Chair Rob Taylor and Publicity Chair Christi Taylor presented Vander Plaats with a Dallas County Gubernatorial Straw Poll Commemorative Wreath made out of straw and ribbon. The low-cost Rally & Supper was $10 per person or $25 for families.  Supper tickets included Straw Poll Ballots for those 18 or over on November 2, 2010.  The Pre-Convention Rally is a ritual in Dallas County — the night before all of Iowa’s 99 counties host their local Republican County Conventions to select delegates and approve platforms to move onto the District and State Conventions later this year.

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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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