Iowa - Governor

as of October 1

The Candidates

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Chet Culver

  • Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: January 25, 1966
  • Residence: West Des Moines, IA

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Terry Branstad

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: November 17, 1946
  • Residence: Boone, IA

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Previous Results

    Iowa Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Chet Culver DEM 569,021 54.1%
    Jim Nussle REP 467,425 44.4%
    Wendy Barth GRE 7,850 0.7%
    Kevin Litten LIB 5,735 0.5%
    Mary Martin SOC 1,974 0.2%

    U.S. President: Iowa (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 828,940 54.2%
    John McCain REP 682,379 44.6%
    Ralph Nader PEA 8,014 0.5%
    Bob Barr LIB 4,590 0.3%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 4,445 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 1,423 0.1%
    James Harris SOC 292 0%
    Brian Moore SOC 182 0%
    Gloria La Riva SOC 121 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 1, 2010

New Cook Political Report Rating

Lean-R (was Toss-up)

    Sep 1, 2010

    Branstad Edges Toward Return To Governor's Seat

    Incumbent Chet Culver, who was elected in 2006 and is seeking a second term, is one of the most endangered Democratic governors in the country. Iowa had been going through a Democratic tide for a couple of years, but that trend seems to have been halted in its tracks because of rising unemployment. Culver's prospects were further dampened when former Gov. Terry Branstad, who voluntarily left the governorship after 1998, announced he would seek to return to his old job. Polls have shown Branstad, who got a surprise endorsement from Sarah Palin during his primary contest with more conservative opponents, with a lead of varying degrees against Culver.
    -Ken Rudin

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