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When Joni Ernst led Bruce Braley by 6 in the Iowa Poll

Iowans be demanding we do work on Sundays like:

So, here we go!

When Joni Ernst saw the poll she be like:

Rural Iowans and Farmers be looking at Braley like:

Independents be looking at Braley like:

America Rising, the group that exposed Braley’s “Farmer from Iowa” gaffe, be like:

Team Braley be like:

DSCC be like:

Tom Harkin be like:

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When Jack Hatch pulled down TV ads in #IAGOV race

The campaign of Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch has suspended television ads in two Iowa markets, including Sioux City, and changed its advertising strategy in two others but denies it’s a sign the campaign is struggling financially.

"We’re just redistributing how we’re doing some things to reflect the polling that we’re seeing," said Grant Woodard, Hatch’s campaign manager.

Woodard said as polls change “we’re going to make decisions accordingly.”

Television ad buys in the Sioux City and Davenport markets have been placed on hold and ad schedules on Des Moines and Cedar Rapids stations have been changed.

Branstad’s campaign manager, Jake Ketzner, said it’s a signal the Hatch campaign is struggling to find the money to stay on television.

"The story is, it’s 43 days out and he’s broke and he can’t be on TV," Ketzner said.

Associated Press

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Jake Ketzner was all like:

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Reactions from the debate in the governor’s race

When Branstad again called for Hatch to release tax returns, Hatch was all:

When Hatch kept repeating “scandal” and “fresh start,” Branstad was all:

When Branstad pointed out Hatch’s committee killed a bill that would raise the Iowa minimum wage, Branstad be like:

When Hatch said Branstad hasn’t met his promises from 4 years ago, Hatch was all:

When CSPAN listed the debate as between Chet Culver and Jim Nussle, Iowans were all like:

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When a state representative already endorsed Dr. Ben Carson (yes, really)

State Rep. Rob Taylor, R-West Des Moines, and his wife, Dr. Christi Taylor, have been appointed as the Iowa committee co-chairs of a movement to draft Dr. Ben Carson for president in 2016.

Carson, 63, a Fox News contributor and a best-selling author, is a professor emeritus of neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. He’s become a hero of many conservatives nationally, and he received 62 percent of the vote in a presidential straw poll held in August at a Polk County Republican Party dinner. Carson is a critic of political correctness, and during his appearance in Des Moines he emphasized a need for personal responsibility.

Rep. Taylor was elected to the Iowa House in 2012, while Dr. Taylor is an internist with the Iowa Clinic. She is also chair of the Dallas County Republican Party.

"Dr. Ben Carson is not only a brilliant physician, he is a natural and inspiring leader," Dr. Christi Taylor said. "His passion for America, our freedoms, our families and defense of these freedoms is unparalleled. Dr. Carson is a champion for the American dream and America needs his leadership and vision. I passionately encourage and plead with Dr. Carson to run for president of the United States."

The Des Moines Register

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When Branstad was crushing Jack Hatch in the Quinnipiac Poll

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is rolling towards an historic sixth term with a 60 - 37 percent likely voter lead over State Sen. Jack Hatch, the Democratic challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. 

Gov. Branstad leads 54 - 43 percent among women and 66 - 30 percent among men, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. This survey of likely voters can not be compared with earlier surveys of registered voters. 

The incumbent leads 95 - 4 percent among Republicans and 62 - 33 percent among independent voters, while Hatch leads 81 - 17 percent among Democrats. 

Their mind is made up, 82 percent of voters say, while 18 percent say they could change their mind before Election Day. 

Iowa likely voters have a 59 - 33 percent favorable opinion of Branstad. Hatch gets a split 29 - 26 percent favorability, with 44 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. 

Quinnipiac Poll

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Monica Vernon be like:

John Hedgecoth and Grant Woodard be like:

Team Branstad sees the poll and be like:

Down ticket Democrats be seeing how bad Hatch and Vernon are preforming and be like:

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When the Quinnipiac Iowa poll had Joni Ernst up 6 on Bruce Braley

Neutralizing the traditional Democratic lead among women voters, Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst leads U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, 50 - 44 percent among likely voters in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. 

By a 45 - 39 percent margin, Iowa likely voters have a favorable opinion of Ernst. Braley gets a 38 percent favorability rating, while 41 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. 

Iowa likely voters favor the Republican on key character traits:

  • Ernst is honest and trustworthy, voters say 55 - 28 percent, well ahead of Braley’s 45 - 36 percent.
  • Ernst cares about their needs and problems, voters say 52 - 37 percent, edging Braley’s 48 - 37 percent.
  • Ernst has strong leadership qualities, voters say 60 - 25 percent, ahead of Braley’s 48 - 34 percent leadership measure.

Quinnipiac

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Harkin Steak Fry roundup!

At the last Harkin Steak Fry, Democrats be all:

Except the ones who were all:

Bill Clinton be like:

Hillary Clinton be like:

When the Register - the news Iowans rely on - reported about the crappers being full:

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When the Loras College Poll showed Branstad up HUGE on Hatch

Incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad has opened a sizeable lead over his Democratic opponent, State Senator Jack Hatch. The post-Labor Day Loras College Poll of the gubernatorial race in Iowa yielded the following results:
 
Terry Branstad          55.5 percent
Jack Hatch                 33.5 percent   
Undecided                   11.0 percent 

Loras College Poll  
 

Jack Hatch and Monica Vernon be looking at the poll like:

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John Hedgecoth be like:

Grant Woodard be like:

Democrat legislative staffers seeing they may be victims of down ballot trouble with Branstad up that big be calling their bosses and saying:

Meanwhile, Team Branstad be celebrating like:

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When an Iowa Democrat worker told KCCI that Jack Hatch doesn’t have support

"[O]ne Democratic canvassing volunteer has serious concerns about the Hatch for Governor campaign.

The support for Jack Hatch just doesn’t seem to be there. We get a lot of undecided [votes], even when we are polling strong Democrats,” volunteer Ryan Hartley said.

KCCI

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Christina Freundlich, Scott Brennan and IDP staff be like:

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Mike Gonstal and Hatch’s Senate Democrat buddies be like:

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Hatch, Vernon and their entire team be like:

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