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Hatch points to new poll showing a tighter race with Branstad

Jack Hatch and Terry Branstad
Jack Hatch and Terry Branstad

DES MOINES – A new poll released Thursday shows a tighter race for Governor, and Democrat Jack Hatch feels like he has some wind in his sails.

Current Iowa polling results released by Gravis Marketing show Hatch closing to within 8 percentage points of the incumbent Republican Terry Branstad, who has enjoyed a sizable lead throughout the campaign, sometimes reaching 12% in some polls.

The Gravis poll asked potential Iowa voters “If the election for Governor were held today and the candidates were Republican Terry Branstad and Democrat Jack Hatch, whom would you vote for?”

Branstad came in at 51%, Hatch at 43%, and 6% are undecided.

Hatch took to social media Friday, proclaiming that “We’re closing that gap!” and vowed to fight all the way through election day on November 4.  “With 6 percent still undecided this race is within striking distance.

“We’re going to keep traveling, keep fighting and keep spreading our message everyday over the next 32 days.  Your support now is more important than ever.”

Hatch has a major disadvantage in funding, with Branstad millions of dollars ahead, and he has pulled TV ad spots in Sioux City and Quad Cities in recent weeks, although promising the ads would return.

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