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November 7th, 2012

Loebsack Re-elected Iowa’s 2nd District

By Craig Robinson

Despite making the egregious error of criticizing one of Iowa’s largest employers in John Deere, Congressman Dave Loebsack won re-election defeating John Archer 55.7 percent to 42.5 percent.

Many believed that Loebsack was susceptible to defeat because the newly reconfigured 2nd Congressional District is significantly different from the district Loebsack was successful in winning in 2006. One of the reasons Loebsack was able to withstand Archer’s challenge is because President Obama ran strong in the district winning 12 counties, but dominating in along the Mississippi River counties.

Loebsack’s victory might be bittersweet for Iowa Democrats. The decision to run Christie Vilsack in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District instead of the 2nd District where she has legitimate roots would have been an easy win. Many in the media obsess about the fact that Iowa has yet to elect a woman to congress, but the decision not to run their best female candidate on her home turf is something that should not go unnoticed.

Archer wasn’t necessarily the most polished candidate or put together the most formidable campaign, but he is one of the friendliest and outgoing candidates to come along in quite a while. While some will criticize his effort, winning a district where Romney got shellacked was ultimately an impossible task.

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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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