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  •  His Governorship coincides pretty perfectly (6+ / 0-)

    with the period when America was losing jobs. Not if fault, fo course, but that's how things go.

    •  But, Iowa's economy didn't crater like the rest of (2+ / 0-)
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      the country. It was one of the bright spots in the country.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:06:00 AM PST

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      •  Agriculture (4+ / 0-)
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        If the snow is off the ground early, the rains come in spring and summer, and the first frost of fall comes late, Iowa's economy does just fine, regardless of the nation as a whole.

      •  Doesn't matter, it's the national economy... (4+ / 0-)

        ...that primarily drives perceptions, not the state economy.

        Voters are far less provincial than they used to be.

        And I think Culver became unpopular for some reasons having to do more with him, not just because of the economy.

        44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:31:50 AM PST

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        •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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          This is very much true. Almost all political science research shows that the natl economy is the most important factor, and that state economies only add a small bit of explanatory value. And only some studies have shown that "small bit" to be statistically significant at all.

          23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

          by wwmiv on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:37:41 AM PST

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          •  Farm Belt in 1980s was an exception (1+ / 0-)
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            Reagan won by signfiicantly less in Iowa in 1984 than nationally, and Dukakis won the state easily in 1988.  All this was because the recession that hit the country in the early 80s didn't end in Iowa's farm economy as the rest of the country healed.

            But the pain in Iowa in the 80s was acute and lasting, not unlike the national recession since 2008.

            44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

            by DCCyclone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:32:01 PM PST

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