Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth term as Iowa governor. He served four terms before leaving public office. Then, in 2010, he challenged incumbent Democrat Chet Culver and won a fifth term.
Wapello County, which has a far higher number of registered Democrats than Republicans, fell into Branstad’s column for the first time in that election. Reynolds gently teased Branstad about being “competitive” when he told the audience he wants to do the same this time.
“I’m competitive,” he replied, “but I’ve never lost.”
The Democratic side of the contest is still taking shape, but recent withdrawals and endorsements suggest Jack Hatch is the likely challenger.