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Des Moines Register: New Iowa Poll shows GOP majority favors Terry Branstad in governor’s race

by Lisa Mathias

Thomas Beaumont recently featured The Winston Group’s David Winston in a piece discussing Iowa’s primary for governor; polls show former governor Terry Brandstad in the lead:

“Branstad is proving that his credentials and an economic focus as a conservative puts together a large majority coalition,” said David Winston, a national Republican pollster. “It’s a good position for him to be in, and positions him well for the general election.”

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LA Times: GOP worries about ‘tea party’ candidates’ broad appeal

by Lisa Mathias

Los Angeles Times’ Kathleen Henessy writes about how more non-politicians are entering themselves as candidates for this year’s election, many of whom are aligning with the tea party. The Winston Group’s David Winston commented on the need for tea party and for GOP members to work together, especially to win over independent voters:

“This isn’t a college debate about who made the best points,” said Republican strategist David Winston, who has seen tea party candidates rising as they focus their arguments on deficit spending and federal overreach. “If they’re going to win races, they have to prove they can build a coalition.”

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For Republican Women, 2010 Is Already A Huge Year

by Lisa Mathias

NPR recently featured The WG’s Kristen Soltis in a story on Republican women choosing to run for public office in 2010. Soltis comments on how former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin isn’t the only reason why women are looking to politics in larger numbers than before:

But GOP strategists are careful to note that while Palin, a controversial figure in her own party, has inspired some, the new class of conservative female candidates has largely been motivated by the economy and fervent opposition to the Obama administration’s agenda.
“I certainly don’t think that Sarah Palin has had nothing to do with this,” Soltis says, “but it is the huge concerns about the economy and unemployment that are energizing people across the board — including Republican women.”

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