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Expert Analysis from Iowa’s Primary Night by Erin Murphy

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Erin Murphy, Des Moines bureau chief for The Gazette, looks at the Mike Franken big win for the Democratic nomination to face Chuck Grassley, GOP primary battles with incumbents toppled, turnout and the impact of Iowa’s new election law, the forecast for November’s election and whether the Iowa caucuses will hang on for another presidential cycle.

Robin A. Johnson is a governmental relations, public policy and political consultant. He is an expert on government reform issues and has consulted with numerous local governments on consolidation/merger, public-private partnerships and full-cost accounting of public services. Robin has also helped candidates win elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state legislature, judiciary and local government. Robin served as a consultant to the Office of Statewide Performance Review in the Illinois Governor’s Office and is former director of the Illinois Center for Competitive Government, a partnership between the Illinois Comptroller’s Office and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. Prior to that, he was Director of the Local Government Affairs Division of the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. Robin served on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) in 1999-2000.