Brad Anderson and Paul Pate
Brad Anderson and Paul Pate

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has increased his lead in the race to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.

Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning research firm released their latest poll showing Paul Pate expanding his lead in the race for Iowa Secretary of State, 36-33% over the Democrat candidate Brad Anderson.  A month ago, the same poll showed Pate leading by 1 point.  Among registered Independents the margin is even greater with 31-21% in favor of Pate.  Additionally, 56% of Independents responded that they disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance.  The Democrat candidate running for Secretary of State was President Obama’s 2012 Iowa campaign director.

Pate, “This poll is further confirmation that my plan to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat is resonating with Iowans who overwhelming support a voter ID requirement as I do.  Iowans expect and deserve a non-partisan chief commissioner of elections and I have previously served as Iowa Secretary of State in a non partisan manner while encouraging voter participation and protecting the integrity of the election process.”

PPP surveyed 1,192 likely voters from September 25th-28th. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 2.8%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20% interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.  For complete results of the poll: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2014/PPP_Release_IA_9301982.pdf

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident who was born in Ottumwa and grew up in Linn County.

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