MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — While there were lots of campaigns leading up to the primary election, campaign season for the general election didn’t wait even 24 hours after the final primary votes were tallied.
“Some of these candidates are antsy, ready to get to the campaign trail,” said Tim Hagle, a University of Iowa political science professor. “They’ve been in campaign mode, or they’ve been waiting to see who their challenger will be.”
Governor Terry Branstad hit the campaign trail quickly, making stops across southeast Iowa Wednesday with a host of other Republican hopefuls. With Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds were Joni Ernst, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and candidates for secretary of state, attorney general and auditor.
Ernst will challenge Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley for the open U.S. Senate seat in November, while Miller-Meeks challenges Democrat Dave Loebsack for his seat in the U.S. House.
Don’t expect to see a huge amount of commercials and mailings from candidates right away, Hagle said.
“Typically that will be a little closer to the election,” he said.
For now expect a ground game and social media presence, unless a candidate says something they may regret. In that case their opponent may attempt to capitalize right away with television and radio ads, Hagle noted.