Governor Branstad announced he is running for his sixth term in office Wednesday evening.
If he wins, he would be on track to hold the record for the longest serving governor in US history.
The announcement comes after a well received condition of the state address Tuesday at the Statehouse.
Branstad intends to run on results and show that at a time Washington D.C. can’t get much done, he can by working with the other side.
“I pledge to you tonight that I will continue to work hard to build a brighter future for all Iowans. A future we can build. A future we must build. A future we will build. Together,” Branstad said at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines.
There are three things in the 67-year-old’s favor. Firstly, his is a familiar face. Running for his sixth term he is the longest serving governor. Iowans also tend to re-elect incumbents.
Secondly, he has raised a substantial campaign chest of $4.1 million and finally, he recently held an approval rating of 58% according to a Des Moines Register poll.
However, the same poll showed more than half of Iowans think he’s been governor long enough.
But as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie can attest to, nothing is certain in politics. Remember when Branstad’s troopers got busted for driving him too fast? Something unexpected like that could come up and damage his credibility.
The record Governor Branstad is looking to beat is held by George Clinton. He served six terms for a total of 21-years as New York’s governor in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
He was also the fourth vice-president of the United States.
The man standing in the way of a potential sixth term is State Senator Jack Hatch. The Democrat released a statement shortly after Branstad’s announcement.
“I just turned 30, a couple of months after Branstad first took office, and growing up I never imagined Iowa would still be stuck with this governor in 2014. It’s time for him to go.”
Branstad is set for a four day, 14 stop announcement tour as he works to make history.