DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Veteran Iowa Republicans are quietly working to wrest control of the state GOP from factions they blame for alienating party loyalists.
Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, these Republicans want to grow the state by bringing back into the fold voters seeking pragmatic solutions to problems and attracting people of diverse political stripes, including women and younger voters.
They fight shaping up here has begun playing out across the nation. Branstad and his allies hope to set the tone for a national GOP comeback in 2016.