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“Connects With Iowa Audience” … “Upbeat, Confident And With A Message” … “Clearly Talks The Language Of Ag”

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Henry J. Gomez: “If [Iowa Ag Summit] Is Contest For ‘Who's Most Like Us’, Perry Wins In A Walk.” Gomez Tweet: “If #IowaAgSummit is contest for ‘who's most like us’, Perry wins in a walk. He's so comfortable, directing answers to crowd, not Rastetter.” (, 3/7/15)

Politico’s James Hohmann: “Rick Perry Connects With Iowa Audience By Talking For 3 Minutes About His Agricultural Background…”  Hohmann Tweet: “Rick Perry connects with Iowa audience by talking for 3 minutes about his agricultural background -- then talks up support 4 free trade.” (, 3/7/15)

The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin: “[Perry] Comes Out Upbeat, Confident And With A Message About His Background In Ag.” Martin Tweet: “[Governor Perry] comes out upbeat, confident and with a message about his background in ag as a boy in w texas.” (, 3/7/15)

Former Dallas Morning News Columnist Wayne Slater: “[Perry] Clearly Talks The Language Of Ag.” Slater Tweet: “Rick Perry, raised on a farm, A&M grad, former TX agriculture commissioner, clearly talks the language of ag.” (, 3/7/13)

Des Moines Register’s Carol Hunter: “Perry Discusses His Ag History, Which Is Deep.” Hunter Tweet: “Rick Perry discusses his ag history, which is deep. Texas A&M grad. Early on, farmed with dad. Served as Texas ag commissioner.” (, 3/7/15)

  • Hunter: “Rick Perry Hits Hot-Button Issues That Haven't Been Main Topics: Bashes Dodd-Frank, Lauds XL Pipeline.” (, 3/7/15)

Public Television's Market To Market’s Mark Pearson: “Perry Was First To Touch On Capital Access In Ag.” Pearson Tweet: “Rick Perry: Dodd-Frank is a huge hindrance to community banks and it needs to go. Perry was first to touch on capital access in ag” (, 3/7/15)

BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins: “Perry Reminding Iowans Of His Agriculture Resume…” Coppins Tweet: “Rick Perry reminding Iowans of his agriculture resume: grew up on a farm,  worked as Texas Ag Commissioner for 8 years.” (, 3/7/15)

Des Moines Register’s Cathie Obradovich: “Perry Emphasizes His Ag Credentials, Including Former Texas Ag Commissioner.  ‘I Was Texas’ Bill Northey.’” (, 3/7/15)

WHO’s Dave Price: “[Governor Perry] Leaning In Chair To Audience. Don’t Remember Others Doing That. Speaking More To Crowd Than Just Rastetter.” (, 3/7/15)


DNC - Why is Christie so unpopular in key states? 

As Chris Christie visits the key early caucus state today, a new NBC/Marist poll shows 1 in 3 Republicans in Iowa dislike Christie. Christie is almost twice as unpopular as any other potential 2016 Republican presidential contender there, and the numbers aren’t much better in New Hampshire. In the home of the first in the nation primary, nearly a third of Republicans also dislike Christie. These numbers certainly don’t gel with Christie’s comment to Diane Sawyer in March that “they love me in Iowa.”


But why don’t they love him?


Well, it seems that his Bridgegate scandal hurt him with Iowa voters. A Des Moines Register poll in March showed that nearly six in 10 Iowa adults disapproved of the way Christie handled Bridgegate – including almost half of Iowa Republicans. But it isn’t just his scandal that won’t sit well with Iowans.


Christie’s economic failures in New Jersey are beginning to follow him across the country, as reported today by the Wall Street Journal. New Jersey’s bond rating is among the worst in the nation. Job growth lags behind neighboring states, and New Jersey ranks 49th in the nation in private-sector job growth since 2010. Under Christie, New Jersey’s credit rating has been downgraded a record six times, and the state’s property taxes remain among the highest in the nation.


To make things worse for Christie, conservatives are taking aim at him – even going online in Iowa with ads attacking his record. And Rick Santorum, the winner of the 2012 Republican caucuses in Iowa, had this to say about Christie today: “To see a record as abysmal as Gov. Christie’s record in the state of New Jersey, I guarantee you that will be a red flag for most voters in the state of Iowa, but also most voters in the Republican primary.”


With his unfavorables climbing in key states, his dismal economic record coming to light, and key conservatives slamming Christie, it’s clear Chris Christie’s troubles are anything but behind him.


**Read this post on our Factivists site here.**



Public Policy Polling Media Alert: Obama leads by 2 in Iowa and New Hampshire

PPP's final polls of the 2012 election cycle in Iowa and New Hampshire find Barack Obama with identical 50-48 leads. These small advantages for Obama are consistent with what PPP's found since the first Presidential debate- 5 Iowa polls have produced an average Obama lead of 1.8 points and 3 New Hampshire polls have produced an average Obama lead of a single point.

In Iowa Obama's already built up a large lead among people who participated in the early voting period, 61/39. Romney's up 56/41 with people planning to cast their ballots on election day but he'll need to win by an even wider margin than that if he's going to take the state.

Obama's leading in Iowa thanks particularly to strong support from independents (51/43) and women (52/46). He trails 53/45 with seniors but is winning with every other age group.

In New Hampshire the candidates are tied with independents but Obama has the slight overall advantage because he's winning over 9% of Republicans while just 4% of Democrats are planning to vote for Romney. Just as in Iowa Obama's relying on strong support from women (54/45) and winning across most of the age spectrum.

Democrat Maggie Hassan is looking like the favorite to be the next Governor of New Hampshire. For the second week in a row we find her with a 4 point lead over Ovide Lamontagne- the breakdown this time is 51/47. Voters have a positive opinion of Hassan (44/39) while Lamontagne is quite unpopular (40/46). Hassan's winning 51/46 with independents and taking 11% of Republicans to Lamontagne's 5% of Democrats.

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A press release and full crosstabs are attached-


Public Policy Polling Media Alert: Romney leads by a point in Iowa and New Hampshire

PPP's newest polls in Iowa and New Hampshire find Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama 49-48 in both states. That represents a big decline for Obama compared to last month. Obama had previously led 51-44 in Iowa and 51-43.5 in New Hampshire on polls conducted the final week of September.

Mitt Romney's seen a big improvement in his image in both states. In Iowa his net favorability has improved 16 points from a -15 spread at 40/55 on our last poll to now 48/47. He's seen a 10 point ascent on that front in New Hampshire from -5 at 45/50 when we last looked at his favorability in August to now 51/46. Obama's approval numbers have declined. He was at 49/48 the last time we polled each of these states, but now he's dropped to 46/50 in Iowa and 47/51 in New Hampshire.

Romney has a big advantage on the economy in both of these states that seems to be driving his lead. In New Hampshire voters prefer Romney 52/45 on that front and in Iowa it's 49/45. Voters are closely divided between the two candidates on the issue of Libya, favoring Romney 47/46 in New Hampshire and 46/44 in Iowa. Obama does have a wide lead on women's issues in both states, 56/39 in New Hampshire and 49/44 in Iowa.

Obama's decline in these states  is particularly large compared to his national drop over the last month, but it's a reflection of the demographics in them. Obama has fallen much further with white voters than African Americans or Hispanics and in states like Iowa and New Hampshire where almost the entire population is white it stands to reason that he would have a bigger decline.

Voters in both Iowa (45/36) and New Hampshire (46/38) do think that Obama won the debate on Tuesday night. But unlike Romney's win in the first debate this one doesn't seem to be moving the needle too much.

State specific notes from Iowa:

-Obama has opened up a huge lead among early voters, 66-32. Those folks represent 31% of the electorate. But with the 69% of folks who have yet to cast their ballots, Romney leads 56-39.

-Obama is actually winning independent voters 46/42, but Republicans have built a registration advantage in the state over the last four years and Romney's small lead is largely a reflection of that.

-Obama is up 60/38 with voters under 65, but he's losing every other age group.

-Iowa's Supreme Court retention election looks like it could be pretty close. Right now 37% of voters say they plan to keep David Wiggins in office, while 43% say they're inclined to remove him. With 20% of voters still undecided it could go either way, but Republicans (65%) are more committed to removing him right now than Democrats (59%) are to keeping him.

-Looking ahead to 2014 Terry Branstad has the best approval numbers we've found for him since he took office with 51% of voters happy with the job he's doing to 33% who disapprove. He leads a generic Democrat 53-34. Tom Harkin could be vulnerable in 2014. His approval numbers are split down the middle at 40% and he leads a generic Republican foe only 45-42. Chuck Grassley continues to be the most popular politician in the state with a 54/28 approval rating.

State specific notes from New Hampshire:

-Just like in Iowa Obama is winning the independent vote, 51/45 in this case. But there's been a considerable up tick in voters identifying themselves as Republicans in the state over the last month, fueling Romney's overall slight lead.

-Democratic Maggie Hassan is holding on to a narrow advantage over Republican foe Ovide Lamontagne in the Governor's race, 45/43. She has a positive 41/39 favorability rating, while Lamontagne is unpopular with voters in the state who give him a 41/45 spread. Hassan is both winning independents (45/37) and benefiting from a more unified party base with 85% of Democrats supporting her to 79% of Republicans who are behind Lamontagne.

-John Lynch has a 62/25 approval rating, making him the most popular Governor in the country that we've polled this year. Kelly Ayotte (48/35) has a better approval rating than Jeanne Shaheen (46/39), but Shaheen leads a generic Republican opponent for reelection in 2014 48/42.

This analysis is also available on our website:

I’m not attaching the full results because the file is so large, but you can see those here:


Republicans Try to Keep Libertarian Gary Johnson Off the Iowa Ballot 

Romney Supporters File Challenge Urging Secretary of State to Exclude Libertarian Nominees from the Ballot in November

August 27, 2012, Tampa, Fla.  Jay Kramer, a Mitt Romney campaign supporter from Washington, D.C., filed a challenge on Friday to keep Libertarian candidate for President, Gov. Gary Johnson, from appearing on the Iowa ballot in November. The Romney campaign hired the Des Moines-based Nyemaster Goode PC for the challenge, which will be heard by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz on Monday at 3 p.m. 


"This is clearly a setup," said the Johnson campaign's attorney, Alicia Dearn. "The Libertarian Party had 2,000 petition signatures and should have been on the ballot without challenge, as they have always done in the past. But Republican Iowa Secretary of State Schultz — in violation of longstanding Iowa law — rejected the petition and required the Johnson campaign to caucus at the state fair. There, the Romney campaign surveilled the Johnson campaign's activities for the sole purpose of bringing this eleventh-hour challenge," Dearn said. 


The Romney campaign's challenge was filed Friday afternoon and set for a hearing on Monday afternoon. The 106-page challenge includes photographs of Johnson supporters asking fair-goers to support having Gov. Johnson and the Libertarian Party offered as a choice on the ballot. The Republicans' challenge claims that the state fair signatures should be thrown out because the signers are not Libertarians.


"The challenge is legally frivolous," asserts Dearn. "You don't have to be a registered Libertarian to want a third choice on the ballot. Iowans deserve to choose for themselves who to vote for, which is why Gov. Johnson should be on the ballot." 


Unlike many other states, Iowa has a perfect history of allowing third-party candidates onto the ballot.


"Iowa is one of the very few states that has never kept a general election presidential candidate off its ballot," said ballot-access historian Richard Winger. "It is a policy that saves money and work for elections officials, because Iowa doesn't need to tally write-in votes for presidential candidates when all such significant candidates are on the ballot."


According to Dearn, the Romney campaign is using similar tactics to keep Gov. Johnson off the ballot in Michigan and Pennsylvania.