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    what I remember hearing, even on DKos, in 2010.  I remember being given the impression that he wasn't particularly well-liked, and was expected to lose.

    •  He was expected to lose (0+ / 0-)

      Terry Branstad is a really powerful figure in Iowa with a strong brand. And it was 2010. With the economy like it was, the Democratic brand did poorly and Democrats took a hit across the midwest. Culver wasn't particularly unpopular, and a lot of it was just the cycle. He would have had a 50/50 shot at winning reelection had Branstad not run or lost the primary to vander Platts.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

      by ArkDem14 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:03:59 PM PST

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      •  Ah. (0+ / 0-)

        Apparently I understood wrong then.

        Anyone have any idea how popular he is now?  Would he have had a better chance in a stronger year for the Democrats, or would it have been 50/50 either way?

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