Third party bid by Vander Plaats for Iowa Governor is not going to happen
During the primary season, gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats insisted he would not consider running as a third-party candidate, choosing instead to remain in the GOP race for governor.
Immediately after losing in the primaries the conservative movement grumbled, and Vander Plaats was clear when he remarked that Terry Branstad, a fellow GOP gubernatorial candidate, and former Iowa Governor, would have to earn every vote in November’s general election.
Vander Plaats has yet to endorse Branstad, and now there are rumors swirling throughout Iowa that Vander Plaats will consider running as an Independent in November. If he does so, it may be due to the fact that many conservatives are not pleased with Terry Branstad or his record while he was Governor of Iowa.
If Vander Plaats runs on the third-party ticket, Branstad could see a lot of the votes he needs to beat incumbent Governor Chet Culver.
The Iowa Family Policy Center announced that it will not endorse Branstad due to him not being ‘conservative enough’. That may mean that Iowa social and religious conservatives, many of whom have joined the Tea Party movement, could stay home on election day in order to send a statement to Branstad to convert from what many consider to be liberal ways during his former terms as governor.
Some speculation is that Vander Plaats may be attempting to heat things up in order to get Branstad’s nod for lieutenant governor.
Branstad’s campaign said that they will announce his choice for lieutenant governor within the next week.
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