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Poll suggests Branstad will pull independents, Democrats
Poll numbers released Thursday reinforce Republican Terry Branstad‘s promise that his campaign will draw a considerable number of Democrats and independents in November’s gubernatorial race. However, how many he might grab is unclear.
The most recent stats predict Branstad would net 52 percent of the vote against Democratic incumbent Gov. Chet Culver. With only 29 percent of Iowa voters being registered Republican, the numbers indicate a large chunk of non-Republicans would cast votes for Branstad.
However, the voters polled by Public Policy Polling (PPP) don’t make up a good representation of Iowa voters: 38 percent of respondents were Republicans, 37 percent Democrats, and 26 percent independents. And most of those surveyed said they consider themselves “conservative.” Those numbers present an odd sampling for a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 100,000 voters.
Still, PPP reports that 20 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of independents said they would support the Republican in a Branstad-Culver match-up.
Branstad’s campaign echoed previous statements that it could attract moderate voters, but a spokesman also said he isn’t looking past the two other Republican challengers in the June 8 primary.
“[Former] Gov. Branstad is a candidate who can build a broad base of support throughout the state of Iowa and the polling clearly shows that,” campaign spokesman Tim Albrecht told The Iowa Independent on Thursday. “The only poll that counts is on election day and we are going to make sure we turn out every vote we can leading up to primary day on Tuesday.”