Final tallies on 2010 Iowa Primary

The statewide canvas is complete; the results were certified yesterday. Below you will see the final vote counts on Republican and Democratic Primary races for governor and in the congressional districts.  (You will also notice the recalibration of percentages in the GOP gubernatorial primary.) 

A total of 302,950 voters cast ballots in the Primary Elections.  Republican Primary turnout was 229,732 and Democratic Primary turnout was 73,218.

Republican Gubernatorial Primary:

Terry Branstad       114,450 votes  49.8 percent

Bob Vander Plaats  93,058 votes  40.5 percent

Rod Roberts               19,896 votes    8.7 percent

Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate:

Roxanne Conlin  52,715 votes —  72 percent

Bob Krause              8,728 votes — 11.9 percent

Tom Fiegen             6,357 votes —   8.7 percent

Republican Primary in First Congressional District

Benjamin Lange   14,048 votes — 40.9 percent

Will Johnson            6,067 votes — 17.6 percent

James Budde            3,347 votes —   9.7 percent

Mike LaCoste            3,076 votes —   8.9 percent

Republican Primary in Second Congressional District

Mariannette Miller-Meeks 18,830 votes  — 47 percent

Steven Rathje                            8,155 votes —   20.4 percent

Christopher Reed                    5,365 votes —   13.4 percent

Rob Gettemy                             4,749 votes —   11.9 percent

Republican Primary in Third Congressional District

Brad Zaun                 19,469 votes —  38.7 percent

Jim Gibbons            13,022 votes —  25.9 percent

Dave Funk                   9,989 votes —  19.9 percent

Mark Rees                    1,989 votes —    3.9 percent

Pat Bertroche                 690 votes —   1.4 percent

Jason Lee Welch            572 votes —   1.1 percent

Scott Batcher                   464 votes —   0.9 percent

Democratic Primary in Fifth Congressional District

Matthew Campbell        7,119 votes — 62.3 percent

Mike Denklau                   2,261 votes — 19.8 percent

Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention (AUDIO)

The Iowa Democratic Party’s convention started earlier this morning.  It’s 11 o’clock and (gasp) they’re on schedule.  Roxanne Conlin, the Democratic Party’s 2010 nominee for the U.S. Senate,  is being introduced to the crowd.  What is below is a live blog of the event, which has a line-up including Conlin, Senator Tom Harkin and Governor Chet Culver.

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Polling data on governor’s race, U.S. senate race

KCCI is releasing new polling data today on the two statewide races that will be decided in the June 8th Primary Election here in Iowa. 

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Surveys for GOP field for governor, Democratic field for US Senate

Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina-based firm, has polled on the two statewide races that will be decided on Tuesday, June 8 — the contest to win the Republican Party’s 2010 nomination for governor and the contest to win the Democraticy Party’s 2010 nomination for the U.S. Senate. 

The results can be viewed here, although bear in mind the polls for each race have a margin of error of 4.5 and 5 percent.  Here’s the short version:

GOP survey

Terry Branstad 46 percent

Bob Vander Plaats 31 percent

Rod Roberts 13 percent

Democratic survey

Roxanne Conlin 48 percent

Bob Krause 13 percent

Tom Fiegen 8 percent

Undecided 31 percent

One man’s baloney is another’s tax credit

The three candidates who are vying for the Iowa Democratic Party’s 2010 nomination for U.S. Senate were on an Iowa Public Television set late this morning, taping an hour-long edition of “Iowa Press.”

During the program, candidate Tom Fiegen called the federal tax breaks for ethanol and biodiesel “baloney.”  The other two candidates, Roxanne Conlin and Bob Krause, did not endorse the baloney concept and, instead, said they support the two credits.  Read all about it here.

This was the third and final joint meeting of the three candidates.  They spent some time talking about trade policy, protectionism and the economy.  They also addressed issues ranging from a second stimulus bill (they all support it) to trying terror suspects in civilian courts (they all support it).

After the taping, I asked Fiegen where all the “good stuff” he promised he’d be dumping on Conlin had been.  Fiegen elaborated and, to paraphrase, she said he was full of baloney.

Read about Thursday night’s debate here.   Watch the hour-long “Iowa Press” here, or watch it tonight on IPTV from 7:30-8:30 p.m. or on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  It will also air Saturday morning on IPTV’s “World” channel.  And here’s a bit more about what Fiegen, Conlin & Krause had to say after the show was taped.

Numbers are in for Fiegen, Krause

Roxanne Conlin, a Democrat who’s running for the U.S. Senate, announced last week that she had raised about $630,000 in the first three months of the year.  Two other candidates have been running for the Democratic Party’s 2010 U.S. Senate nomination.  Tom Fiegen of Clarence raised $11,274 and Bob Krause raised $1,934 in the first quarter.

Conlin, Fiegen & Krause are competing for the chance to face Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley in the general election.  Conlin crossed a threshold this weekend when she visited Dubuque County.  She’s now visited each of Iowa’s 99 counties — something Grassley does annually.

Tomorrow’s the deadline

Candidates who want to place their names on the June 8 ballot for the Democratic and Repubilcan Party primaries have until 5 p.m, Friday, March 19, 2010 to submit the required number of petition signatures to the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State’s office is keeping an updated list online.

By the close of business today, three Republicans who want to be Iowa’s next governor have filed the necessary number of petition signatures.  Bob Vander Plaats submitted his documents on March 1, the first day the Secretary of State’s office started accepting the petitions.  Terry Brantad submitted his documents earlier this week.  Rod Roberts submitted his documents today.

Governor Chet Culver, a Democrat, presented his nominating petitions on Monday.  Jonathan Narcisse, a Des Moines newspaper publisher who is a registered Democrat, has said he’ll submit petitions and place his name on the Democratic primary ballot to face off againt Culver in June.  UPDATE:  Narcisse says he’s not running nowNarcisse has one more day to get those petitions filed.  The top of his campaign website asks supporters for help on the project:

Need All Petitions ASAP!
Please return all nominating petitions with as many signatures as you can get ASAP…we need to organize and count the signatures.

Narcisse, by the way, already has said he’ll put his name on the General Election ballot, running as an independent candidate for governor.

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Bob Krause on Daily Kos

Bob Krause, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, answered 20 questions for the “Blog Workers Industrial Union.”  He was asked to say something nice about Senator Chuck Grassley, the Republican he hopes to face in November.  Krause also revealed his favorite color is blue as in “blue state” — a state that votes Democratic.

NRSC gets involved in US Senate race

There’s been a bit of tit for tat, via email, between the National Republican Senatorial Committee (on behalf of Republican Senator Chuck Grassley) and Democrat Roxanne Conlin, a Des Moines attorney who is running for the U.S. Senate.  Meanwhile, the other two Democrats who’re running for the U.S. Senate stressed policies about Afghanistan and health care reform in news releases issued over the weekend. Read it all after the jump.

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Conlin files paperwork for US Senate bid

A news release was just issued this morning, confirming Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin will run for the Democraticy Party’s 2010 U.S. Senate nomination. Conlin has recorded a video that’s posted online to announce her move — something Hillary Clinton did in January of 2007 to announce her bid for the White House.  But Conlin’s video has a music “bed” so it’s not just a video statement as it’s loaded with images to illustrate her words.  It’s also a bit “son of a millworker” (that’s a reference to John Edwards) in that Conlin stresses that it’s time to take on the special interests and talks about her humble beginnings in a family that lived “paycheck to paycheck.”

Conlin joins Democrats Bob Krause of Fairfield and Tom Fiegan of Clarence in the race for the party’s nomination and a change to face-off against Republican Chuck Grassley next November.  Grassley intends to seek a sixth term in office.

Read Conlin’s release below:

Roxanne Conlin Files for US Senate
Activist and Advocate to Challenge Grassley
Des Moines, IA – Today, Roxanne Conlin filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to enter the race for U.S. Senate and released a video to Iowans.  The video can be viewed at  The text of the video follows:
Iowa, a place of quiet resolve.  In tough times, overcoming the odds with strength and independence.  But somewhere along the way, career politicians in Washington lost theirs.
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