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DM Register says race for governor is Branstad’s to lose

Gov. Terry Branstad
Gov. Terry Branstad

DES MOINES – The Des Moines Register reported Saturday that Terry Branstad is in good shape in his bid to keep his seat as Iowa Governor.

According to the Register, Governor Branstad’s job approval rating is rising. In December, a poll showed that voters approved of the job he is doing by a margin of 58 – 32 percent. Voters also said by a margin of 50 – 41 percent that he deserves to be reelected. He also lead his main challenger, Jack Hatch 49 – 33.

Saturday, those numbers were updated, with a new Des Moines Register poll showing that 63 percent of Iowans approve of the job Branstad is doing as governor, which it said was his highest rating since the end of his fourth term in 1999.

Things looked less optimistic for Jack Hatch, who visited Mason City last week.

The Register said that Hatch “has made little progress in winning over voters since embarking on his campaign last June.”

Hatch, a Democrat, has talked of raising the state’s minimum wage, re-opening a home for delinquent girls and more school funding.

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