Republicans have new hope in Iowa Senate race

McClatchy Washington BureauJune 4, 2014 

State Sen. Joni Ernst’s big win in Iowa’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday sets up one of the year’s most closely-watched races.

Before Tuesday, the question was whether Ernst could break out of a multi-candidate field and get the 35 percent needed to win outright. She shattered expectations, winning 56.2 percent with nearly all precincts reporting.

She now faces Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat, in the battle to succeed Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who is retiring. Braley is considered a slight favorite by independent analysts.

Republicans are particularly eager for this campaign. Ernst had backing from both tea party groups and the Republican establishment, and showed herself to be a savvy campaigner with her reminders that she’s a mother, a farmer and a soldier. She served in the Iraq war.

If elected, Ernst would be the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress

Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November to win control of the Senate.

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