by JENNIFER JACOBS, Jul 8, 2012 –
‘I wish to have my vote back,’ a former Obama supporter says. Will sense of betrayal open a path for Romney to win state?
Some of the once-euphoric Iowans who inspired the nation to embrace Barack Obama in 2008 are experiencing a deep-seated buyer’s remorse over their role in delivering the White House to a candidate they think has let them down.
Take longtime Democrat Debbie Smith. Four years ago, she wore the Obama T-shirts, went to his rallies, made her first campaign contribution and caucused for the first time.
“I wish to have my vote back,” said Smith, 51, a small business owner from Clive. “I feel completely responsible, and I feel like I need to tell people this.”
A sense of betrayal shows up in Iowa polling conducted by rival Mitt Romney’s campaign, said its pollster, Neil Newhouse.
It’s a discomfiting hurdle for Obama in a state he professes to have strong emotional ties with, that he won by a landslide four years ago, and that could prove pivotal this year for him or for Romney.