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GOP ex-Gov. Branstad wins Iowa governor race

By MIKE GLOVER
The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 11:58 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is returning for a fifth term after a 12-year break.

Voters elected the Republican on Tuesday over first-term Democrat Chet Culver, whose loss made him the first incumbent Iowa governor to lose election since 1962.

Branstad campaigned on promises to rein in government spending and cut business taxes. He called for making Iowa more friendly to entrepreneurs and told voters he'd create 200,000 jobs within five years.

Those pledges played well in a state with unemployment of nearly 7 percent, the highest Iowa has seen in decades.

The 63-year-old Branstad was first elected governor in 1982 and served 16 years. After opting not to run again, he was named president of Des Moines University.

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