THIRD DISTRICT: GOP Convention Date Set

A date to select the republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District has been set.

Six candidates are still vying to be the republican nominee after each of them failed to garner 35-percent of the vote during primary elections Tuesday.

The race will now go to convention for party delegates to decide. It will be held June 21st in Creston.

Matt Schultz and Monte Shaw finished 3rd and 4th respectively and they both feel like they’re in a strong position going into the convention.

“You don’t have to spend thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of dollars on tv to reach out and have personal conversations with 514 delegates. So I really think my assets as the most electable republican and the one that’s worked with these people for 20 years to elect other republicans will actually make me the front runner in the election,” Monte Shaw said.

“You’re not talking to 40,000 people, you’re talking to less than a 1,000 you know, it’s very personal one on one and like I’ve said, a campaign like ours that’s grassroots I think goes into a nominating convention in a strong position,” Matt Schultz added.

Front runner Brad Zaun was the closest to 35-percent, earning 28-percent of the vote. He said he plans to make follow up calls to the delegates. He said he considers yesterday’s vote a win and thinks he will win the party’s nomination.

Robert Cramer came in a close second. He also said he plans to call and visit delegates to make his case. He said every time he’s had a chance to sit down with people he’s gotten a positive reaction.

Channel 13 insider Jerry Crawford said he doesn’t like either of the front runners going in to the convention.

“Brad Zaun couldn’t beat Leonard Boswell two races back and was a very poor fundraiser in this primary election and couldn’t get to 35%. Bob Cramer would be quite a bit more like a tea party candidate. They’ve lost favor with voters in Iowa and it seems around the country as well. If I’m a republican, in that district convention then I’m thinking who could beat Stacey Appel, and I’m not sure I like either of my choices,” Crawford said.

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