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The governor of Iowa really wants to see Ted Cruz defeated

There are two Republican presidential hopefuls — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — at the top of the polls in Iowa as the state readies for its Feb. 1 caucuses, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is discouraging voters from picking one of them, the Des Moines Register reports:

Ted Cruz is ahead right now. What we're trying to do is educate the people in the state of Iowa. He is the biggest opponent of renewable fuels. He actually introduced a bill in 2013 to immediately eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard. He's heavily financed by Big Oil. So we think once Iowans realize that fact, they might find other things attractive but he could be very damaging to our state. [Des Moines Register]

A certain billionaire business mogul (who could stand to proofread his tweets) seemed pretty pleased with Branstad's comments.

Taking sides in caucuses isn't the norm for an Iowa governor, as CNN notes. Branstad didn't lean one way or the other in 2012, nor did his predecessor, Gov. Chet Culver (D) in 2008.