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The Democrat's big advantage is that his Republican opponents are all unproven. None of them has won statewide office before.
That's true, anyways, of his five current Republican opponents. That's why Iowa Republicans can't help hoping, speculating and wishing that former four-term governor Terry Branstad will try to reclaim his old job. Branstad isn't completely quashing those hopes, as Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register reports:The Branstad buzz rose in the past week, after a GOP Web site released a poll showing the former governor with a 16-point lead in a hypothetical matchup against Culver.
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