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Zogby: Iowa Winner Isn't Accurate Predictor of GOP Nominee

By    |   Monday, 27 April 2015 12:15 PM

The plentiful field of Republican presidential hopefuls may be both a blessing and a curse, according to conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, who appeared Monday on "America’s Forum" with pollster John Zogby to discuss the weekend’s Faith and Freedom Summit in Iowa and the importance of a candidate doing well in the Hawkeye State.

"The good news is a great field and a lot of full-spectrum conservatives," said Vander Plaats on Newsmax TV. "The bad news is it's a great field, which means it's going to divide our vote. If we have that kind of splintering, can we really unite around one?"

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The nine GOP presidential hopefuls who spoke at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 2015 Spring Kickoff Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina "all did well," according to Vander Plaats, but Jindal and Cruz stood out.

"Bobby Jindal, who is being a surprise right now, a lot of people are resonating towards Gov. Jindal for his conservative message, and then Ted Cruz is showing his bold and courageous leadership," he said.

As the first major electoral event of the nominating process for the presidency, doing well in the Iowa caucus is important for a candidate to gain "media, money, and momentum" going forward. But it’s not necessarily a good indicator of who the nominee will be, according to Zogby, who noted that the evangelical vote is crucial, but "not as important as it's been."

"How important are the Iowa caucuses and the conservative evangelical movement? Very important," he said but "ultimately, to the nominee, not as important."

Regardless of who conservative Iowans might support, side-stepping Iowa would be a mistake for any campaign, Vander Plaats said.

"It's a mistake because any time you have a venue like this with 1,000 caucusgoers, even if they're probably not your natural base, there's always opportunity for pickup there," he said.

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The plentiful field of Republican presidential hopefuls may be both a blessing and a curse, according to conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, who appeared Monday on "America's Forum" with pollster John Zogby to discuss the weekend's Faith and Freedom Summit in Iowa.
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