The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up



Incumbent: Chet Culver (D) Running for Re-electioniowa-stamp

Primary Election: June 8, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: Incumbent Running
RATING: Likely Democratic Retention

2002 Result: Vilsack wins 53%-45%.
2006 Result:
Culver wins 54%-44%.

Iowa Gubernatorial Race: Headlines

Chet Culver (i)                       Web Site

Jerry Behn
Terry Branstad
Christian Fong Web site twitter Flickr
Paul McKinley Web site twitter YouTube
Bob Vander Plaats Web site twitter
Christopher Rants Web site twitter YouTube
Rod Roberts                           Web site twitter YouTube facebook flickr

Video of Culver-Branstad Des Moines Register gubernatorial debate, Thursday October 21, 2010:

Local Blogs:
Bleeding Heartland (progressive)
Covering Iowa Politics
Iowa Independent
The Iowa Republican

Quinnipiac: Iowa voters like Gov. Branstad, but say it’s time to go; Possible 2014 challengers are largely unknown (7/19/13)
Public Policy Polling: Branstad leads for re-election, with 45% job approval rating (2/6/13)
Rasmussen: Branstad job approval remains strong, 60-34% (11/1/12)
Rasmussen: Branstad boasts strong job approval numbers, 60-36% (10/21/12)
Rasmussen: Branstad job approval stands at 56-40% (10/8/12)
Public Policy Polling: Branstad job approval numbers increase to 49-37% (8/30/12)
Iowa Poll: Branstad has 19-point lead, 52-33% (9/26/10)
Rasmussen: Branstad holds huge lead over Culver, 55-37% (9/23/10)
Rasmussen: Branstad’s post-primary bounce gone, but still holds large lead, 52-36 (8/5/10)
Rasmussen: Branstad opens general election with big lead over Culver, 57-31 (6/14/10)
Iowa Poll: Majority of GOP voters support Branstad in primary (6/5/10)
PPP: Branstad leads Culver by fifteen, 52-37 (6/2/10)
PPP: Branstad under 50% in GOP primary (6/1/10)
Research 2000/Iowa Poll: Culver trails Branstad 48-41, leads other GOPers (5/6/10)
Rasmussen: Culver trails both Branstad and Vander Plaats (4/29/10)
Magellan Strategies: Branstad holds big lead over Culver, 50-34 (4/1/10)
Rasmussen: Branstad leads Culver 52-36 (3/17/10)
Rasmussen: Culver’s re-election bid in trouble, trails Branstad 53-37 (2/18/10)

State Resources:
Iowa Secretary of State- Election Resources