DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Iowa’s two leading candidates for governor squared off for their third and final debate Sunday morning.
The state finds itself in uncharted waters as we head toward that vote. Both Kim Reynolds and Fred Hubbell are looking for their first gubernatorial thumbs-up from the electorate – an unlikely position for voters in a state used to long-serving, familiar faces at the helm.
Over two terms and 22 years in the office, Terry Branstad holds the distinction of being the longest serving governor in U.S. history. Robert Ray logged 14 years on the job from 1969 to 1983.
Reynolds, the first woman to serve as governor of Iowa, rose from her post as Branstad’s Lieutenant Governor when President Trump tapped Branstad to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.
The 2018 vote will be the first gubernatorial test for both candidates.
In announcing the debate schedule: Oct. 10; 17 and 21, the two camps issued a joint statement promising, “a vigorous debate about the future of Iowa.”
In the first two rounds the candidates sparred over issues ranging from Medicaid to the economy and fallout on the farm from international tariff sparring.