March 7, 2010

SO, GOVERNOR PERRY, TELL US ABOUT THE ANTI-INCUMBENT FEVER OUT THERE...:

Support for Democrats in Iowa fades as anti-incumbent sentiment grows (Peter Slevin, 3/07/10, Washington Post)

Republican Terry Branstad's lines have a familiar ring as he campaigns to return to the governor's office after 11 years away. He blasts the incumbent Democrat for "mismanagement," promising an "economic comeback" and the end of "more government than we can afford."

The pitch is working. Early polls show Branstad, who served four terms, with a lead as large as 20 points over Gov. Chet Culver (D), who is battling a poor economy and the frustration fueled by Capitol Hill vitriol that incumbent politicians are not delivering.

The state that launched Barack Obama toward the presidency just two years ago is looking like a tough sell for Democrats in 2010. Culver is in trouble, Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) is threatened and Obama's own popularity has dropped by one-third since he took office.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2010 5:31 PM
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