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Iowa Heats Up

Posted on | November 26, 2011 | 6 Comments

Thanksgiving’s over. We’re now just 37 days from the Jan. 3 caucuses:

Mitt Romney’s first campaign advertisement in Iowa this election cycle – an oversized postcard – says he’s “the strongest Republican to beat Barack Obama and protect our values.”
So-called “values” voters – conservatives who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage – traditionally turn out in force in Iowa to cast the first votes in the GOP nominating process.
And Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, faces a serious threat from evangelical Christian activists in Iowa, some of whom are plotting ways to block him from winning the Jan. 3 caucuses.
Multiple versions of the Romney mailers, each with a different theme, are circulating in Iowa.
The post-Thanksgiving rush to the 2012 Iowa caucuses, just 37 days away, brought a wave of campaign pitches today.
Today’s mail included pieces from Cain, Paul & Romney,” Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn tweeted. “Plus a Bachmann autodial.”

A month from today — Dec. 26, the day after Christmas — I plan to be on a plane to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hit the freaking tip jar.


6 Responses to “Iowa Heats Up”

  1. Anonymous
    November 26th, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    Whose values?

  2. Dianna Deeley
    November 26th, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    By now, we’ve all seen Mitt’s timeline on gay marriage. So, as Adobe_Walls says, whose values?

  3. Adjoran
    November 26th, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    The problem for “Iowa evangelicals” this cycle is the lack of a clear superior choice for them.  Last time they were able to unite behind Huckabee as all the other Romney alternatives were suspect (to evangelical purists) in one way or another.  They managed to deliver a winning turnout of 34% for Huck.

    This time, they have too many acceptable alternatives.  Certainly Bachmann and Santorum have full credibility, and Cain will still draw the support of many despite the allegations against him.  Gingrich has surprising appeal, too.

    So this gives Romney a shot at winning, which would put him in a dominating position in the race. 

    Assuming he doesn’t, the real battle will be South Carolina and if that is inconclusive, then Florida.  By then either a single strong “not-Romney” candidate will have emerged to compete, or Romney will have essentially locked up the nomination.  The rest won’t be able to sustain the flow of funding that a single challenger could command to fight on against him.

  4. Anonymous
    November 27th, 2011 @ 2:59 am

    Nice hair

  5. ThePaganTemple
    November 27th, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    I still say a Bachmann-Gingrich ticket would be best, provided Newt can get over himself, being all butt hurt because Bachmann called bullshit on his amnesty policies. But I would definitely want to see her on the top and him on bottom. Yeah, I went there.

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