One of the Democrats is expected to drop out of the race for governor Wednesday.
A news conference is scheduled at the statehouse early Wednesday morning at 8:20 and it appears Iowa Ag Secretary Patty Judge will be endorsing Secretary of State Chet Culver’s bid to become Iowa’s next governor, ending her own campaign for the job.
Culver’s campaign will only say Culver is getting a “major endorsement” but Culver will be holding five news conferences around the state and the last one is scheduled at the White Buffalo Restaurant in Albia, which is Judge’s hometown.
The announcement is reminiscent of what happened back in 1990 when Jo Ann Zimmerman, who was Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor at the time, dropped out of the race for governor and endorsed House Speaker Don Avenson. Avenson then named Zimmerman as his runningmate. Campaign staffers won’t confirm, but the speculation is that Judge will become Culver’s Lieutenant Governor runningmate.