DES MOINES, Iowa — State Senator Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, saw numbers this week, both financial and support, that underscore his uphill battle to beat Iowa’s longest serving governor, Terry Branstad.
Branstad’s campaign announced it had $4 million on hand in its campaign account. Hatch hasn’t disclosed his yet.
A new NBC News/Marist poll shows the Republican governor leading Hatch 53-38%.
Branstad’s favorability marks sit at 53% versus 36% unfavorable. Ten percent consider themselves unsure. Hatch has 29 to 24 favorability to unfavorability numbers, while 33% said they were unsure.
Branstad’s approval numbers are far higher than both President Obama and members of Branstad’s party in Congress.
President Obama, who rocketed to national stardom after winning the 2008 caucuses, has a 37% approval rating with Iowans. Congressional Republicans would feel fortunate to have the president’s number. Their approval rate is just 21%.
Hatch appeared on Chuck Todd’s show on MSNBC.