2010 Iowa gubernatorial election

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Iowa gubernatorial election, 2010

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  Terry Branstad by Gage Skidmore.jpg Gov Chet Culver.jpg
Nominee Terry Branstad Chet Culver
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Kim Reynolds Patty Judge
Popular vote 592,494[1] 484,798[2]
Percentage 52.9% 43.2%

Iowa Gubernatorial Election Results by County, 2010.svg
County results
Branstad:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Culver:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Chet Culver
Democratic

Elected Governor

Terry Branstad
Republican

The Iowa gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 to elect the governor and lieutenant governor, to serve a four-year term beginning on January 14, 2011. In Iowa, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on the same ballot.

The two major party candidates were first-term incumbent governor Chet Culver, a Democrat, who ran for re-election with first-term incumbent lieutenant governor Patty Judge, and former four-term governor Terry Branstad, who won a three-way primary for the Republican nomination and ran with State Senator Kim Reynolds.

The Branstad/Reynolds ticket defeated the Culver/Judge ticket in the general election.[3][4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Chet Culver, incumbent Governor

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chet Culver (Incumbent) 56,293 95.7
Democratic Write-ins 2,534 4.3
Total votes 58,827 100

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

On ballot[edit]

As listed by the Iowa Secretary of State's office:[6]

Withdrew[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Terry Branstad Bob Vander Plaats Rod Roberts
Selzer & Co. Inc of Des Moines June 1–3, 2010 57% 29% 8%
Public Policy Polling May 25–27, 2010 46% 31% 13%

Results[edit]

Results by county:
  Branstad—70–80%
  Branstad—60–70%
  Branstad—50–60%
  Branstad—40–50%
  Vander Plaats—40–50%
  Vander Plaats—50–60%
  Vander Plaats—60–70%
  Vander Plaats—70–80%
  Roberts—70–80%
Republican primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Terry Branstad 114,450 50.3
Republican Bob Vander Plaats 93,058 40.9
Republican Rod Roberts 19,896 8.8
Total votes 227,404 100

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Chet Culver (D), incumbent governor; running with incumbent lieutenant governor Patty Judge
  • Gregory James Hughes (I), running with Robin Prior-Calef[13]
  • Terry Branstad (R), former four-term governor; running with State Senator Kim Reynolds
  • Eric Cooper (L), professor at Iowa State University; running with judicial administrator Nick Weltha[14]
  • Jonathan Narcisse (Iowa Party), former member of the Des Moines school board; running with truck driver Rick Marlar. Narcisse is a Democrat and Marlar is a Republican.[15] Narcisse's campaign and that of Senate District 45 candidate Douglas William Phillips were not affiliated, though both appeared on the ballot under the "Iowa Party" name.[16]
  • David Rosenfeld (SWP), running with Helen Meyers[13]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
Cook Political Report Lean R[17] October 21, 2010
Rothenberg Safe R[18] October 15, 2010
Swing State Project Safe R[citation needed]
RealClearPolitics Likely R[19] October 21, 2010
Sabato's Crystal Ball Safe R[20] October 21, 2010
CQ Politics Lean R[21] October 21, 2010

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Chet
Culver (D)
Terry
Branstad (R)
Rasmussen Reports September 23, 2010 37% 55%
Rasmussen Reports August 5, 2010 36% 52%
Rasmussen Reports June 14, 2010 31% 57%
Public Policy Polling May 25–27, 2010 37% 52%
KCCI-TV May 3–5, 2010 41% 48%
Rasmussen Reports April 29, 2010 38% 53%
Rasmussen Reports March 17, 2010 36% 52%
Rasmussen Reports February 18, 2010 37% 53%
KCCI-TV February 15–17, 2010 38% 54%
Selzer & Co. of Des Moines January 31 – February 3, 2010 33% 53%
Selzer & Co. of Des Moines November 8–11, 2009 33% 57%
Daily Kos/Research 2000 October 12–14, 2009 43% 48%
Rasmussen Reports September 22, 2009 34% 54%
Iowa First Foundation July 23–July 26, 2009 34% 53%
Concordia Group LLC July 2009 37% 53%

Results[edit]

2010 Iowa gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Terry Branstad 592,494[22] 52.8% +8.2
Democratic Chet Culver (incumbent) 484,798[23] 43.2% -10.8
Iowa Party Jonathan Narcisse 20,859 1.9% n/a
Libertarian Eric Cooper 14,398 1.3% +0.7
Independent James Hughes 3,884 0.4% n/a
Socialist Workers David Rosenfeld 2,757 0.3% +.05
Write-in n/a 2,823 0.3% n/a
Majority 108,238
Turnout 1,122,013
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2010/govorr.pdf
  2. ^ https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2010/govorr.pdf
  3. ^ https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2010/govorr.pdf
  4. ^ https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/terry-branstad-ready-to-lead-the-charge-as-iowa-s/article_ab3d3d26-e6ff-11df-a491-001cc4c03286.html
  5. ^ a b "Iowa Governor Primary Results". Iowa Secretary of State. June 8, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/elections/2010/candlistprim.pdf
  7. ^ "Gov. Terry Branstad announces 2010 run for governor | Branstad – Reynolds 2010". Governorbranstad2010.com. 2010-01-19. Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  8. ^ a b "Roberts claims GOP's fresh face in governor bid". Des Moines Register.
  9. ^ "Paul McKinley for Iowa". Mckinleyforiowa.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  10. ^ "GOP's Fong withdraws, will stay active". Christian Fong. 2009-12-02. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  11. ^ "Politically Speaking". Sioux City Journal. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  12. ^ "Behn out of GOP governor race, backs Branstad | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs". Blogs.desmoinesregister.com. 2009-12-22. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  13. ^ a b http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/elections/2010/candlistgen.pdf
  14. ^ Henderson, O. Kay (April 26, 2010). "Libertarians nominate statewide candidates for '10". RadioIowa. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  15. ^ Clayworth, Jason (July 1, 2010). "Narcisse: I'm an independent candidate for gov". Des Moines Register. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  16. ^ Deeth, John (August 26, 2010). "What's an Iowa Party?". Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  17. ^ "Senate". Cook Political Report. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  18. ^ "Senate Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  19. ^ "Battle for the Senate". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  20. ^ "2010 Senate Ratings". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  21. ^ "Race Ratings Chart: Senate". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  22. ^ https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2010/govorr.pdf
  23. ^ https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/2010/govorr.pdf

External links[edit]

Debates
Official campaign websites (Archived)