Campaign 2012: Iowa poll, Santorum endorsement

A new poll of Iowa voters, Rick Santorum's stealth endorsement and student loan stalemate.

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  1. The Public Policy Polling survey out today says President Obama has opened up a 10-point lead against Mitt Romney in Iowa. I haven't seen Iowa numbers since the Register's poll in February, but my feeling is the race is a lot closer than this.
  2. Romney-Branstad or Romney-King?
    The Public Policy Polling survey tests Mitt Romney with a couple of Iowa Republicans as his running mate:
    "PPP also looked at how adding Governor Terry Branstad or Representative Steve King to the Republican ticket might help Romney’s fortunes in Iowa. Neither man is exceedingly popular right now – Branstad’s approval rating is 43-43 and Steve King’s is at 25% favorable, 38% unfavorable and 37% not sure. With Branstad on the ticket, Romney gains 2 points but still loses to Obama 50-42, and with King as his hypothetical running
    mate, Obama wins 50-40."
  3. Branstad's low approval numbers here are one reason this poll conflicts with my sense of how things stand.  His approval was at 56 percent in the Register's poll in February. Nothing much has happened to drive his rating into the basement.
  4. Most of the time, politicians don't release good news in an e-mail at 10 p.m. Just saying ...
  5. Romney is still deciding what his immigration policy is? How did nobody notice that back when Republicans were having a debate every week?
  6. Meanwhile, all of President Obama's campaigning on the issue, including in Iowa, couldn't get the student loan interest-rate vote over the 60-vote wall.
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