King Leads GOP in IA, Latham Better Against Braley, Rubio/Hillary Leads in IA

A little football/political humor that I found on the Maryland Republicans for Marriage Equality Facebook page this morning.

We have a new primary poll for the open US Senate seat in Iowa on the Republican side done by Harper Polling and it, unfortunately, shows Steve King leading the Republican field whether it is in a full field of candidates or in a straight head-to-head matchup with Tom Latham.

Steve King 35%
Tom Latham 22%
Bob Vander Plaats 20%
Brad Zaun 3%

Steve King 35%
Tom Latham 22%

On the Democratic side, Bruce Braley is the clear front runner. In a General Election, Latham would lead Braley, but Braley would hold a larger lead over King.

Bruce Braley (D) 39%
Steve King (R) 34%

Bruce Braley (D) 41%
Bob Vander Plaats (R) 34%

Tom Latham (R) 36%
Bruce Braley (D) 33%

Unfortunately, it appears there may be too many Republican primary voters interested in sending a message than actually winning an election. This poll also included some numbers for the Presidential race in 2016 and it shows Marco Rubio and Hillary leading their respective party primaries.

Marco Rubio 27%
Paul Ryan 18%
Rick Santorum 14%
Rand Paul 13%
Chris Christie 12%
Scott Walker 3%

Hillary 65%
Joe Biden 14%
Andrew Cuomo 4%

Those appear to be the only names included in the poll. This overall poll was done January 29th among 523 voters.

Ed Koch has passed away this morning….

For those in the neighborhood, the Howard County Republican Club will be holding their monthly First Friday Happy Hour today at Union Jacks in Columbia and on top of that, Red Maryland will apparently be broadcasting their weekly radio show from there.

Posted by Dave at 8:00 am
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77 Responses to “King Leads GOP in IA, Latham Better Against Braley, Rubio/Hillary Leads in IA”

  1. Hugh says:

    Dumb party ready to do it again

  2. Tulipomania says:

    I don’t buy that presidential poll since the likely voters is always so much different.

    Tom Woods along with Iowa GOP announces: FREEDOM ON TOUR

    Freedom on Tour is the program of liberty education that the Iowa GOP, now run by Ron Paul people, wants to put on all over the state.

  3. SoHope says:

    Hey Bunu, shove this up your pee hole

  4. ??????? says:


  5. Bitterlaw says:

    RIP Mr. Mayor. He was a classic New Yorker.

  6. Waingro says:

    This poll all but assures King will run now. I’m not even gonna get my hopes up for a huge flip opportunity.

  7. Bitterlaw says:

    Here is a good quote from Koch:

    A lifelong bachelor, Koch offered a typically blunt response to questions about his own sexuality: “My answer to questions on this subject is simply, ‘F–k off.’ There have to be some private matters left.”

  8. jason says:

    Lots of bad headlines for Obama on Drudge today.

    And Hagel.

  9. jason says:

    Let’s add King to the honor roll.


  10. Bitterlaw says:

    GFY, jason. Conservatism wins everywhere it is on the ballot. Those candidates weren’t conservative enough.

  11. SusyQue says:

    000…His Queeg Moment

    A perspective on our president from Down Under.

    In Herman Wouk’s classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ship’s officers are getting away from the increasingly eccentric Captain Queeq by relaxing ashore.
    Suddenly the malcontent Lieutenant Keefer asks the others: “Does it occur to you that Captain Queeg may be insane?

    Faced with the worst looming fiscal cliff-fall in world history Obama, like Queeg in the typhoon, has done nothing at all, but has, increasingly, resorted to meaningless words. His pseudo-Keynesian fiscal notions and a mantra-like repetition of old and failed ideas, suggest a serious lack on mental versatility.

    Obama’s second inauguration speech may be his Queeg moment — an undeniable demonstration that, in an emergency, he is incapable of grappling with reality. For all his unceasing invocation of the word “change,” the outstanding thing about Obama has been his apparent inability to react, even to an imminent crisis. Like Queeg, he stands frozen on the bridge as the waves grow higher, or obsesses over issues like homosexuals and women in the military as the typhoon rises. moment?roi=echo3-14430470377-11222984-493ed3f8a03cfb5248f398b98c751516&

  12. Bitterlaw says:

    Another Koch memory. I grew up in New Jersey so we only had New York news stations. I remember that there was a water shortage in the city due to a heat wave and drought. During a press conference, Koch told people to not flush the toilets unless necessary. I can’t imagine many mayors saying, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” on tv.

  13. Bayernfan says:

    Someone needs to ask King (and the others for that matter) how old the earth is and whether they support a woman’s right to an abortion in the case of rape or incest.

    Need to weed our the knuckle draggers now, not after the primary.

  14. jason says:

    I thought Rand Paul “owned Iowa”.

    I don’t think he is ahead of Christie, so that makes him 5th.

    I can believe that.

    Looks like the Pauls are heading for 0/151.

  15. Bitterlaw says:

    The Paul Dynasty could go 0-300 if Rand has the fire to get his ass kicked like his Dad.

  16. jason says:

    Will “surprising” replace “unexpected”?

    Stay tuned.

    “The White House on Wednesday blamed the surprising contraction of the economy at the end of last year at least partly on Republican “political brinkmanship” for threatening to let defense cuts take effect.”

    So the “threat to cut defense” caused a negative GDP?


  17. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    1. RIP Ed

    2. King is not the best candidate but if he is the nominee I wish him well

    3. anyone else find it funny we’re being lectured on what candidates to run by mr. gun-grabber?

  18. jason says:

    I liked Koch. He didn’t repeat talking points and he thought outside the box.

  19. jason says:

    ” King is not the best candidate but if he is the nominee I wish him well”

    I wished all those losers well. I even sent Angle and Buck money.

    But I think 6 lost senate seats is enough.

  20. jason says:

    ” nyone else find it funny we’re being lectured on what candidates to run by mr. gun-grabber?”

    And I noticed he is back with the how old is the earth red herring….

    I don’t care if King thinks the earth is 7k years old or 4.5 billion. All I care is winning the seat.

  21. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    @23 we should count our blessings Robbie is gone for a good while now w/ his POLITICO links

  22. Pulplover says:

    AK Senate race 2014:

    Parnell leads primary.

    Treadwell leads without Parnell.

    Begich leads Treadwell 44-34, but Treadwell is unknown.

    Begich leads Palin 46-40.

    Begich leads Miller 52-29.

    Parnell leads Begich 46-40.

  23. jason says:

    Ok, I am ready to predict what will happen with the gun grabbing bill.

    The only thing that will pass will be tighter background checks.

  24. jason says:

    Wobbie Troll was only interested in seeing Obama re-elected.

    He will be back in 2016.

  25. jason says:

    I think Palin could beat Begich.

    Miller would lose, the worst candidate since COD.

    But let’s hope for Parnell, a sure thing.

  26. AuH2ORepublican says:

    I think you all need to walk away from the ledge. The Iowa poll was taken in January 2013 for a primary that won’t be held until June 2014! And the filing deadline isn’t until March 2014, so potential candidates have 13 freaking months to make up their minds about whether or not to run for the seat. I don’t know whether Steve King will end up running, but I bet you that a January 2013 poll showing him leading Tom Latham by 35% to 22% in the primary (among registered Republicans who, suffice it to say, are not exactly focused on who to nominate for the November 2014 Senate election) will not have any effect whatsoever on whether he runs.

    Those poll results were entirely unsurprising: Steve King is far better known in Republican circles statewide, and he genuinely is liked by Iowa Republicans (most of whom, despite what many people seem to think, are neither handwringing moderates nor anti-American Paulistinians); and Tom Latham is far less polarizing than King while being acceptable to almost all Republicans and thus is a better general-election candidate in slightly-Democrat-leaning Iowa. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but it should be noted that a Tom Latham candidacy does not guarantee victory and a Steve King candidacy does not guarantee defeat.

  27. Michael (Christie for Governor) says:

    King must not be allowed to win, same for broun, and miller

  28. Brandon says:

    Sarah who?

  29. SusyQue says:

    #21…Yes…and he voted for 000. He was a loser all around because he could not discern good from evil. He chose the evil side….abortion, etc.

  30. bio mom says:


    Despite all the bad news, Obama continues to rise in the polls. 56% at ras today. 60% at Wapo.

  31. NYCmike (Bronxie) says:

    Mr. Mayor is dead! Long live Mr. Mayor!

    RIP Mayor Koch. Your movie opens today, I hope to see it in the coming weeks! Godspeed!

    Great person, lifted the spirit of all NY’ers!

    (Thankfully, Rudy came after him and showed him the correct policies to govern the city with.)

  32. Bitterlaw says:

    He chose the evil side….abortion, etc.

    So did God. He let Obama win – which SusyQue and some professors in Colorado said could not happen.

  33. Bitterlaw says:

    NCY – I was only a child but wheneve I saw Abe Beame on tv he looked like the undertaker at my grandfather’s funeral. How did that guy get elected?

  34. NYCmike (Bronxie) says:

    Abe Beame was before my time. The first politicians I was aware of as a child were Carter, Reagan, Koch and Cuomo.

  35. jason says:

    ” I think you all need to walk away from the ledge.”

    Nobody is on the ledge. A lot may indeed change before the primary, and PPP is BS anyway.

    But this is a poll site and we comment on the existing polls.

    However, I will look into the future, IF King is nominated we will lose the election in Iowa.

    You read it here first.

  36. jason says:

    32. Koch was evil because he voted for Obama?


  37. jason says:

    If Obama and Kock are evil and against God, how could God have let them win elections?

    I believe in God, but sometimes idiots like SusyQue undermine my faith.

  38. Bitterlaw says:

    Koch was a combat veteran who lived the American Dream. His parents were Polish Jewish immigrants. He never forgot the greatness of this country. I just heard that his tombstone will have a quote from Daniel Pearl (the Jewish American beheaded by Bunu’s heroes). Was he wrong on many issues? Sure. He earned that right to be wrong.

  39. God says:

    SusyQue makes me doubt myself.

  40. Ameister says:

    Some additional info on the Menendez situation. Casa de campo is owned by the fanjul family
    Aka Domino sugar. The brothers are smart and play both sides of rhe political fence .alfonse isthe dem and pepe the rep. I have no idea if thety have any invovement whatsoever other than menendez parties at their place but they have the power to make stuff go away in. The dominican
    Just some background info you wont see on MSNBC

  41. God says:

    Obama’s win really pissed me off. I am throwing a tantrum and sending SusyQue to hell.

  42. jason says:

    If Menendez was Republican, the three network anchors would be transmitting the nightly news from Santo Domingo, and Wolf Blitzer would have moved the situation room to Casa de Campo.

    Madcow and Tingles would be interviewing Dominican hookers 24/7.

  43. Bitterlaw says:

    Ed Koch:

    “If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.”

  44. NYCmike (Bronxie) says:

    I thought it was out of 10 issues, but yes, I always liked that quote of his.

  45. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    Susy while Koch bending over backwards to come up w/ a reason to back O again was disappointing he endorsed W in 04 and had strong words against O a couple weeks ago:

    “Frankly, I thought that there would come a time when he would renege on what he conveyed on his support of Israel,” said Koch, adding, “it comes a little earlier than I thought it would.”

  46. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    Very interesting, Koch’s headstone will read, “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” This are the last words of David Pearl, just before he was beheaded by Muslim Terrorists.

    The former NYC Mayor admired Pearl’s affirmation, knowing he faced his certain death.

  47. NYCmike (Bronxie) says:

    Koch was actually one of the people who made me a fan of talk radio. He said “umm, umm” a bit much, but he was always genuine and spoke honestly. He had a great sense of humor.

    As for SusyQue, Cardinal O’Connor was a great friend of his, they even wrote a book together. You could take it out of the library, maybe it will give you a different perspective on the man. It was titled “His Eminence and Hizzoner”

  48. SoHope (the one precenter) says:

    I hate car trouble….I’m here waiting for a tow truck

  49. Dee Dubya says:

    @51 don’t take his help if he voted for Obama

  50. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    Phil Gingrey is thinking about jumping into the GA Senate Race. The guy has 2 issues – he’s a gun-grabber and he defends Akin’s remarks

  51. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    btw idk if anyone mentioned this, but UE went up to 7.9%

  52. Michael (Christie for Governor) says:

    @53 that’s okay he will split broun’s vote

  53. Michael (Christie for Governor) says:

    @54 yeah I saw

  54. Bitterlaw says:

    btw idk if anyone mentioned this, but UE went up to 7.9%

    What did you expect? Did you see the economy that President Obama inherited from President Obama? He needs more time.

  55. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    @57 it’s all those people’s fault for leaving the workforce! they’re probably southern hicks who are doing it on purpose!

    – actual excuse by my turned leftist brother

  56. Tim says:

    He needs more time?

    He just got it.

  57. NYCmike (Bronxie) says:

    @57 it’s all those people’s fault for leaving the workforce! they’re probably southern hicks who are doing it on purpose!

    – actual excuse by my turned leftist brother

    Senator Author,

    I forget if I mentioned this, but my leftist brother who voted and went to Obama’s first inauguration, actually voted for Romney this time around. He absolutely floored me, as well as my other siblings. He owns a home in NJ, and actually gave credit to Gov Christie for turning him, at least on fiscal issues. He also saw first hand how people he works with were scamming the system (several couples got divorced on paper, and then had the wife apply as a single mother for benefits, I guess it worked), yet they still complained about spending cuts and other imaginary sacrifices they had to make.

  58. david says:

    Why should they break a trend.

    DE, NV & CO wasted opportunites.

    MO & IN wasted opportunities.

    5 easy pickups lost.

  59. Scott Brown - now married to MD says:

    Steve King is a RINO

  60. SoHope (the one precenter) says:

    So brown is a no go for MA Senate

  61. Scott Brown - now married to MD says:

    “MO & IN wasted opportunities.”

    Don’t forget MA

  62. Scott Brown - now married to MD says:

    A Republican hasn’t been elected to the United States Senate in 60 years

  63. Scott Brown - now married to MD says:

    With Brown out, a true moderate now has a chance to win this race

  64. SoHope (the one precenter) says:

    What letter comes after E?

  65. HHR Senator AuthorLMendez, El Patron says:

    @66 that sucks if it’s true

  66. COD says:

    I’m moving to Boston to run for Senate. Who has more appeal than COD?

  67. SoHope (the one precenter) says:

    The correct answer was Eph….

    and COD isn’t conservative enough for MA. She endorsed Romney.

  68. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m sure the Deadenders will now look for a True Conservative to win in Mass.

  69. SoHope (the one precenter) says:

    I hope brown is atleast eyeing the gov mansion

  70. Tim says:

    I wonder if Brown has been offered some lucrative private sector job?

  71. Tim says:

    New thread.

  72. SusyQue says:

    For the poster who is using “God” as your moniker…how about using a small “g”.

  73. Fear the Same says:

    In truth, there isn’t much difference between King’s and Latham’s numbers. The number of postives is nearly identical. There is a higher uptick on Braley for King, but keep in mind Democrats have spent considerable mud and treasure in taking down King already. No doubt Latham would have similar negatives if they focus on him.