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TODD AKIN (MO) - Akin.Org


Todd Akin is the House Representative for Missouri’s 2nd district.  He is running for the Senate against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD (IA) - Governor.Iowa.Gov


Governor Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in Iowa. A native of Leland, Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978.  Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he weathered some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy in the ‘90s.  At the end of his tenure, Iowa enjoyed record employment, an unprecedented $900 million budget surplus, and the enactment of historic government overhauls that led to greater efficiencies in state government. As a result of Governor Branstad’s hands-on, round-the-clock approach to economic development, Iowa’s unemployment rate went from 8.5 percent when he took office to a record low 2.5 percent by the time he left in 1999.  Following his four terms as governor, Branstad went on to serve as president of Des Moines University (DMU). In October of 2009, sensing a need for change in the way state government operates and wanting to “lead Iowa’s comeback,” Branstad retired from DMU to explore running for governor in 2010.  He was re-elected as Iowa’s governor on November 2, 2010 and sworn into office on January 14, 2011.

GOV. BOB MCDONNELL (VA) - Governor.Virginia.Gov


Bob McDonnell is the 71st Governor of Virginia, sworn in January 16, 2010. A former lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, McDonnell served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1993 to 2006 and served as Attorney General of Virginia from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

REP. SEAN DUFFY (WI) - Duffy.House.Gov


Congressman Sean Duffy was born and raised in Hayward, Wisconsin. His great, great grandfather was one of the state's early pioneers and a laborer for the Northwestern Lumber Company. His great grandfather, one of Hayward's founding settlers, was a sawyer for 27 years.  The tenth of eleven siblings, Congressman Duffy worked his way through law school by performing in lumberjack shows and exhibitions across the state of Wisconsin and around the country.  As District Attorney, Congressman Duffy was recognized as an aggressive prosecutor with a trial success rate over 90%. Through the MTV show, “The Real World,” Congressman Duffy met his wife Rachel Campos-Duffy, an Arizona native. Together, they are the proud parents of six children: Evita, Jack, Lucia-Belen, John-Paul, Paloma, and MariaVictoria.



Catherine Engelbrecht is the President of True the Vote, a citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith, and integrity to our elections.

REP. PETE SESSIONS (TX) - Sessions.House.Gov


In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2010, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his eighth term.  He serves as the Vice Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules. He also serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

JENNIFER DUFFY - CookPolitical.com


Jennifer Duffy is a Senior Editor for The Cook Political Report, where she is responsible for U.S. Senate and Governors races.