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SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election


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Rubio Possibly Looking to Iowa for 2016

With the 2012 election now a distant memory from last week, whispers of 2016 hopefuls have started to become louder. For instance, according to CNN, Marco Rubio will be visiting Iowa next week to headline a fundraiser dinner for Terry Branstad, Iowa’s governor.

This could be Rubio’s first step in winning over the Hawkeye state, or it could be a simple favor for a friend.

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Steve King’s Plans for Iowa’s Fourth District

After winning the newly-formed fourth district in Iowa, republican representative Steve King is looking ahead at his next term.

Although Christie Vilsack gave King a formidable fight for his seat in the House, King ultimately came out victorious.

The now six-term incumbent has had to adjust his plans now that Obama won reelection. He will be making compromises that might betray his initial platform.

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A Safe Night in Iowa

Last night, Barack Obama claimed victory over Mitt Romney on the national stage as well as in Iowa. The polls have predicted all along that Obama would win the Hawkeye state. Although things were close for a while, democratic voters came out in full force last night to give the president a win of over five percentage points.

The congressional races had a similar outcome.

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Last Prediction For Iowa

With only hours left until voting closes, there’s only time for one last prediction as to who will take Iowa’s electoral votes and seats in congress. In a state this close, one can only gather as much data as possible, look for trends, study polls, and then toss all that information aside and flip a coin.

With that in mind, here are my predictions for the Hawkeye state:

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Iowa’s Final Run

Yesterday, Romney made one final run in Iowa. The state remains an uphill battle for the hopeful candidate, but that hasn’t stopped him from running in full force in the hawkeye state.

Sunday’s event saw some of Iowa’s most prominent republicans lining up to throw their support to the former governor. The list included Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa ), Republican congressional candidate John Archer (Iowa), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R)

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