DES MOINES – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats scored a huge victory in a straw poll conducted at the Iowa Family Policy Center’s gubernatorial forum Saturday night, receiving 197 votes to easily outdistance a field in which former Gov. Terry Branstad received three votes.
Vander Plaats won by a more than 4-to-1 margin over the nearest candidate and beat the entire field by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.
“The Iowa Family Policy Center forum was another opportunity for people to see the GOP field side-by-side and to hear them speak on important issues and once again Bob Vander Plaats came out far ahead of the pack,” Team Vander Plaats State Chair Jodi Tymeson said.
A scientific poll conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based polling group Voter Consumer Research on behalf of TheIowaRepublican.com in July showed Vander Plaats leading the field by more than a 3-to-1 margin. The polling also showed Vander Plaats has the strongest favorability ratings among all the candidates and is the most recognized name in the field. When Branstad, a former four-term governor’s name was added to the mix, support for all of the candidates but Vander Plaats slipped even farther. The results for Vander Plaats and Branstad were within the polls margin of error.
“Saturday’s straw poll supports all the data we’ve seen and reflects this campaign’s hard work. Bob Vander Plaats has strong support especially among Republican primary voters but also among voters of all stripes all across our state,” Tymeson said.
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