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Author: James Q. Lynch | December 27, 2011 | No comments

Caucus emotions: It’s probably safe to say that Ron Paul relies less on emotional appeals than other Republican presidential hopefuls when he makes his pitch for support in the Iowa precinct caucuses. However, if emotions rule caucus night, the Texas congressman could come up a winner. That’s ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 24, 2011 | No comments

Christmas truce: It hardly compares to the famed Christmas truce between the British and Germans during World War I, but the a “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney has decided to stop broadcasting its ad attacking Newt Gingrich today and Christmas Day. For his part, Gingrich started ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 22, 2011 | No comments

He’s not getting as much attention as his University of Iowa colleague Stephen Bloom, but Michael Lewis-Beck has offered a defense of the Iowa caucuses and their first-in-the nation status. The political science professor emeritus, who co-authored “The American Voter Revisited,” a look at the polarization ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 20, 2011 | No comments

No doubt the most-watched political of the day will be The Family Leader’s announcement its endorsement of a candidate in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. It comes on the heels of Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen’s announcement that he will endorse Newt Gingrich. A formal announcement is ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 9, 2011 | No comments

It’s probably too late in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucus campaign to catch up to the record spending by candidates just four years ago. Still, the campaign ad buys this week by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will warm the year-end balance sheets of Iowa media companies. A ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 7, 2011 | 2 comments

  Not since Avis has No. 2 tried harder. Most candidates and campaigns avoid acknowledging polls unless they are on top. No campaign more than Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s goes out of the way to publicize its second-place — or sometimes lower — standing in polls. “Ron Paul ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 6, 2011 | No comments

To fill that slow time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, President Obama’s re-election campaign will host more than 50 house parties this week with volunteers across Iowa. Already more than 1,500 Obama for America volunteers are signed up to attend a caucus party this week, the campaign ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 5, 2011 | No comments

Hit the reset button: The series of “surge and fade” candidates that has marked the race for the top prize in the Iowa first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses has been succeeded by Herman Cain’s surge and suspend strategy. A month ago, Cain was leading the race according to ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 1, 2011 | No comments

Polls of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers over the past months suggest that somewhere between 10 and 20 percent haven’t made up their mind about who they’ll support. More of them say they could change their mind. Given that scenario, don’t be surprised if GOP caucusgoers are ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | November 30, 2011 | No comments

Four years ago, Rudy Giuliani was leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination with 25 percent of the support of Republicans and independents who leaned Republican. National polling by Gallup for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2007, showed a little-known governor from Arkansas beginning ...