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June 5th, 2012

Archer Wins 2nd District Primary – Will Face Loebsack in general Election

Perhaps no candidate did a better job at introducing themselves to Iowa activists than John Archer did in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.  Archer’s hard work and perseverance paid off as he defeated his Republican opponent Dan Dolan, 61 percent to 39 percent.

Archer got off to an early start in campaigning for the Republican nomination by wisely using all of the presidential activity surrounding the Iowa caucuses to introduce himself to activists across the district.  Archer’s shoe leather campaign combined with cable TV ads, direct mail, and phones, proved to be a winning combination.

Archer will face Congressman Dave Loebsack this fall.  The Des Moines Register recently rated Loebsack the least effective congressman in the Iowa delegation.  The newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District is not nearly as liberal as the old district was.  With Archer being from Scott County, the largest county in the district, Loebsack will have his hands full this fall as he has never represented the area before.

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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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