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[[Joni Ernst]] released a 30-second ad on March 24, 2014, "Squeal." The ad began with [[Joni Ernst|Ernst]] saying, "I can castrate pigs so I am the perfect conservative for Iowa to send to the Senate."<ref>[http://time.com/36955/iowa-senate-candidate-says-castration-gives-her-conservative-cred/ ''Time'', "Iowa Senate Candidate Says Castration Gives Her Conservative Cred," accessed March 26, 2014]</ref><ref name="squeal">[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140326/NEWS09/303260052/Hog-castration-quip-lands-Joni-Ernst-on-The-Tonight-Show- ''Des Moines Register'', "Hog castration quip lands Joni Ernst on 'The Tonight Show' (with video)," accessed March 26, 2014]</ref> She also said in the ad, "I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork. Washington’s full of big spenders. Let’s make ’em squeal.”<ref name="squeal"/>
 
[[Joni Ernst]] released a 30-second ad on March 24, 2014, "Squeal." The ad began with [[Joni Ernst|Ernst]] saying, "I can castrate pigs so I am the perfect conservative for Iowa to send to the Senate."<ref>[http://time.com/36955/iowa-senate-candidate-says-castration-gives-her-conservative-cred/ ''Time'', "Iowa Senate Candidate Says Castration Gives Her Conservative Cred," accessed March 26, 2014]</ref><ref name="squeal">[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140326/NEWS09/303260052/Hog-castration-quip-lands-Joni-Ernst-on-The-Tonight-Show- ''Des Moines Register'', "Hog castration quip lands Joni Ernst on 'The Tonight Show' (with video)," accessed March 26, 2014]</ref> She also said in the ad, "I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork. Washington’s full of big spenders. Let’s make ’em squeal.”<ref name="squeal"/>
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Priorities for Iowa released a 30-second, $250,000 ad on March 26, 2014, that featured [[Bruce Braley]]'s comments about [[United States Senate|Sen.]] [[Chuck Grassley]].<ref name="priorities">[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2014/03/26/tv-ad-attacks-braley-for-iowa-farmer-remark/article ''Des Moines Register'', "$250,000 TV ad campaign attacks Braley for ‘Iowa farmer’ remark," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
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The Director of Priorities for Iowa, Sara Craig, said in a statement: “Bruce Braley was caught on video saying what he really thinks, and his apology doesn’t really hold up. His comments have created a national firestorm, but now all Iowans need to understand the full context. He isn’t just insulting Sen. Grassley, Iowa farmers, or people without law degrees, he is trying to sell a seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, telling Texas trial lawyers he’ll be their ‘voice’ on the Committee. We need our next Senator to be Iowa’s voice, not the voice of trial lawyers.”<ref name="priorities"/>
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==Endorsements==
 
==Endorsements==

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Iowa

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Harkin Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Iowa will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 14, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Iowa is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is closed, but voters are allowed to change their political party affiliation on election day.[1]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by either May 26, 2014, to pre-register, or on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 25, 2014 (10 days before election day).[2]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Tom Harkin (D). Harkin was first elected in 1984. On January 26, 2013, Harkin announced that he would not seek re-election once his current term expires. Upon his retirement, he will have served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. Prior to this, he served in the U.S. House for ten years. He told USA Today, "I have mixed feelings. You know what, it's somebody else's turn. To walk away from this position and this power is not an easy thing. But I think it's the right thing."[3]

If no Republican candidate gets 35 percent of the vote in the primary, a convention picks the nominee.[4] The nomination would be decided by 2,000 delegates during the convention.[4] The convention process begins in January 2014 with precinct caucuses, which then go to a March county convention, a district-wide convention in April and ultimately a statewide convention on June 14, 2014.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Failed to file

Rumored candidates

Declined

Race background

Most vulnerable seats

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[45]

Primary

Democrat Tom Harkin’s decision to retire after five terms in the Senate provides a great opportunity for Republicans.[45] Early polling indicates that conservative Rep. Steve King leads the early primary field, but Rep. Tom Latham does better in general election matchups. While there are other Republican possibilities, it seemed likely that one of these two would be the front-runner for the nomination.[45]

On February 27, Rep. Latham sent an email to his supporters announcing that he would not be running for the Iowa Senate seat.[36]

On the Democratic side, Rep. Bruce Braley's path to the party's nomination is virtually unobstructed after Tom Vilsack, the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Braley's top potential primary threat, declined entry on February 15, 2013.[28] Vilsack's wife, Christie Vilsack, ran against GOP hopeful Steve King in the 2012 general election for Iowa's 4th District seat.[45][46]

Branstad endorsement

Gov. Terry Branstad spoke of his preference for Tom Latham to be the Republican nominee for Iowa's Senate seat at the National Governors Association on February 23, 2013.[47] Branstad said he believes Latham would be more electable statewide than fellow Rep. Steve King, who is also considering a run for the seat opened up by Harkin's retirement.[47]

Branstad also made it clear that he expects the two candidates to decide who will be running for the seat without a primary battle. “We’re not going to have a primary, and I’m going to support both of my congressmen. I just think that Latham would be the strongest candidate for the Senate at this time, and I feel confident that he would be a great vote-getter in our state.”[47]

Despite his preference for the strongest Republican nominee, Branstad has praised both candidates. He even suggested that he might support Steve King if Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) retires in 2016 and he makes a run for his seat.[47]

Branstad summed up the situation, stating “I’ve encouraged them to talk to each other, make the decision, but I would hope that and someday I’d love to see them both in the U.S. Senate, but I think Tom Latham would be the most experienced and the strongest candidate at this time.”[47]

Latham declined run

Less than a week following Gov. Terry Branstad's announcement that he would prefer Tom Latham as the Republican nominee, Latham announced he would not run in 2014.[36]

On February 27, 2014, Latham sent an email to his supporters announcing that he would not be running for the Iowa Senate seat.[36]

In the message he stated, "However, only 56 days ago I took an oath to 'faithfully discharge the duties' of an office with which the people of Iowa's Third Congressional District entrusted to me. I cannot in good conscience launch a two-year statewide campaign that will detract from the commitment I made to the people who elected me, at a time when our nation desperately needs less campaigning and more leadership."[36]

His decision not to run, many argue, could hurt Republicans' chances of winning the open seat.[36] His place within the party, association with United States Speaker of the House John Boehner, and early poll indications all pointed to him as a formidable nominee for the Republican party.[36]

February 2013 lead

A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling February 1-3, 2013, showed a slight Democratic lead in a general election between potential candidates within the state.[48] The poll found a race between Latham and Braley a tossup, with Braley leading only 44-41.[48] By contrast, Braley led King by 11, with a 49-38 matchup. That same poll showed King leading Latham 50-27 in a two-man primary.

Issues

Comments on Grassley

Republican research firm America Rising released a videotape on March 25, 2014, that showed Democratic candidate Bruce Braley make disparaging comments about Sen. Chuck Grassley (R).[49]

“If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on the Senate Judiciary Committee...Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary,” said Braley.[49]

Braley apologized in a statement: “I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended. I respect Senator Grassley and enjoy our working relationship even though we disagree on some issues."[50]

Visits to 99 counties

Mark Jacobs (R) visited all 99 of Iowa’s counties in the 99 days since he declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate, his campaign said on February 25, 2014.[51]

In a press released, Jacobs' campaign said, “Other candidates seeking a statewide office will also visit all 99 counties, however none in this election cycle will have done so in such a concentrated period of time. This accomplishment speaks to Jacobs’ commitment to put in the hard work necessary to run a successful statewide campaign.”[51]

Faith & Freedom Coalition

Four of the Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls spent the evening at a coalition meeting sponsored by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition on August 22, 2013, where they promised to defend life, traditional marriage, gun rights and Americans’ pocketbooks.[52] Each of the four candidates who accepted the invitation to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition house party spent little time parsing the issues. Instead, they spoke of their shared values, their life experiences and Iowa common-sense.[52]

“We all agree on almost all of the issues,” Sam Clovis said.

“Anyone of us will be much, much better than a Bruce Braley in that seat,” added state senator Joni Ernst, referring to 1st District incumbent Bruce Braley.[52]

“There’s more common-sense on every street corner” in his hometown of Van Meter than in the nation’s capitol, David Young said, “and I will take it with me to Washington.”[52]

“We need a true conservative who will hold the line and say ‘no,’” said Matt Whitaker, who asked his audience for their support and for them to “go out and spread the word about the wonderful candidates you meet tonight.”[52]

That was, in fact, the point of the evening, according to Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, a non-profit advocacy and voter education group.[52] He encouraged those in attendance to help spread the candidates’ messages, to volunteer for their campaigns and contribute money.

“Our members want to know about issues ranging from the defense of unborn life to what can be done to fix the economy, but we also want to know and measure the character of our candidates,” Scheffler said. “These meetings will help flesh those questions out.”[52]

The 2014 race takes on special significance, Scheffler said, because it’s the first time since 1974 there has been an open-seat Senate race in Iowa. He emphasized the importance of unity among conservatives if Iowans are going to replace retiring Tom Harkin with someone who shares their values.[52]

“I’m not asking you to compromise, but bottom line, all of these candidates will agree with us on much more than what divides us,” Scheffler said. While there are some “non-negotiables like such as life and marriage,” he advised at getting into “spitting matches over little details."[52]

Race ratings

WaPo top races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Iowa is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. By late 2013 Republican candidate fundraising had not put up impressive fundraising. However, Rep. Braley had been continuing to put up high numbers.[53]

Polls

Republican primary

Republican primary
Poll Bob Vander Plaats Sam ClovisMatt WhitakerMark JacobsDavid YoungScott ShabenPaul LundeJoni ErnstSomeone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Kellyanne Conway
November 22-23, 2013
28%8%7%5%4%1%1%0%0%39%+/-4.9400
Hill Research Consultants
February 12-13, 2014
0%6%8%22%0%0%0%11%3%50%+/-4500
Public Policy Polling
February 20-23, 2014
0%8%11%20%0%3%3%13%0%42%+/-3.3869
AVERAGES 9.33% 7.33% 8.67% 15.67% 1.33% 1.33% 1.33% 8% 1% 43.67% +/-4.07 589.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

General election

Possible match-up: Braley v. Whitaker
Poll Bruce Braley (D) Matt Whitaker (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
July 5-7, 2013
43%34%23%+/-3.8668
Harper Polling
November 23-24, 2013
41%38%22%+/-3.12985
Public Policy Polling
February 20-23, 2014
40%34%26%+/-3.3869
Quinnipiac University
March 5-10, 2014
42%30%28%+/-2.61,411
Rasmussen Reports
March 24-25, 2014
40%36%24%+/-4.0750
AVERAGES 41.2% 34.4% 24.6% +/-3.36 936.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Possible match-up: Braley v. Clovis
Poll Bruce Braley (D) Sam Clovis (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
July 5-7, 2013
43%31%25%+/-3.8668
Harper Polling
November 23-24, 2013
40%35%25%+/-3.12985
Public Policy Polling
February 20-23, 2014
42%34%24%+/-3.3869
Quinnipiac University
March 5-10, 2014
42%27%31%+/-2.61,411
Rasmussen Reports
March 24-25, 2014
44%31%25%+/-4.0750
AVERAGES 42.2% 31.6% 26% +/-3.36 936.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Possible match-up: Braley v. Ernst
Poll Bruce Braley (D) Joni Ernst (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
July 5-7, 2013
45%33%22%+/-3.8668
Harper Polling
November 23-24, 2013
42%36%22%+/-3.12985
Public Policy Polling
February 20-23, 2014
41%35%23%+/-3.3869
Quinnipiac University
March 5-10, 2014
42%29%29%+/-2.61,411
Rasmussen Reports
March 24-25, 2014
40%37%23%+/-4.0750
AVERAGES 42% 34% 23.8% +/-3.36 936.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Possible match-up: Braley v. Jacobs
Poll Bruce Braley (D) Mark Jacobs (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
July 5-7, 2013
44%32%24%+/-3.8668
Public Policy Polling
February 20-23, 2014
41%35%24%+/-3.3869
Quinnipiac University
March 5-10, 2014
40%31%29%+/-2.61,411
Rasmussen Reports
March 24-25, 2014
41%38%21%+/-4.0750
AVERAGES 34.6% 24% +/-3.36 936.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Possible match-up: Braley v. Young
Poll Bruce Braley (D) David Young (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
July 5-7, 2013
45%32%24%+/-3.8668
Harper Polling
November 23-24, 2013
41%35%24%+/-3.12985
AVERAGES 43% 33.5% 24% +/-3.46 826.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season.

Joni Ernst (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[54]October 15, 2013$0.00$252,397$(28,112)$224,285
Year End[55]January 31, 2014$224,285$202,774$(137,544)$289,514
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2014$289,514$285,664$(147,978)$427,201
Running totals
$740,835$(313,634)
Scott Schaben (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[57]October 15, 2013$0.00$8,291.00$(4,489.32)$3,801.68
Year End[58]January 31, 2014$3,801$4,297$(2,158)$5,940
April Quarterly[59]April 15, 2014$5,940$5,903$(4,627)$7,215
Running totals
$18,491$(11,274.32)
Sam Clovis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[60]July 15, 2013$0.00$14,132.48$(2,328.62)$11,803.86
October Quarterly[61]October 15, 2013$11,803.86$78,426.98$(51,660.18)$38,570.66
Running totals
$92,559.46$(53,988.8)
Matt Whitaker (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[62]July 15, 2013$0.00$115,332.07$(4,087.66)$111,244.41
October Quarterly[63]October 15, 2013$111,244.41$104,557.61$(34,977.49)$180,824.53
Year End[64]January 31, 2014$180,824$111,071$(59,803)$232,092
April Quarterly[65]April 15, 2014$232,092$107,334$(50,340)$289,087
Running totals
$438,294.68$(149,208.15)
Bruce Braley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[66]April 15, 2013$0.00$1,035,875.92$(31,259.28)$1,004,606.64
July Quarterly[67]July 13, 2013$1,004,606.64$1,258,495.47$(257,324.01)$2,005,778.10
October Quarterly[68]October 15, 2013$2,005,778.10$2,906,320.60$(582,969.55)$2,323,351.05
Year-end[69]January 31, 2014$2,323,351$1,020,227$(732,786)$2,610,791
April Quarterly[70]April 15, 2014$2,610,791$1,258,283$(756,501)$3,112,574
Running totals
$7,479,201.99$(2,360,839.84)


Bruce Braley (D) reportedly transferred $179,000 from his U.S. House campaign account to his U.S. Senate campaign, and spent $113,000 in the first three months of the 2013.[71] Braley ended the first quarter of 2013 with $1,004,606 in cash on hand and reported that he already received contributions from Iowans in all 99 counties.[71] He announced on July 2, 2013 that he raised $1.25 million in the second quarter, from April 1 to June 30, and had $2 million in cash on hand.[72]

Possible Republican candidate and current Representative Steve King reportedly raised $93,000 and had $90,000 cash-on-hand as of April 2013.[73]

On July 9, 2013, Republican candidate Matt Whitaker reported raising $110,506 in campaign cash in the 27 days since he entered the race on June 3, 2013.[74] He had 134 donors from Iowa, which represents 78 percent of his donors.[74] A fundraiser featuring U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in Washington, D.C. is set for July 23.[74]

David Young (R) announced on July 9, 2013 his June 2013 fundraising efforts totaled $152,785 with $151,500 cash-on-hand at the end of the quarter.[75]

Joni Ernst raised $252,000 in her first fundraising quarter, according to reports on October 10, 2013.[76]

In a statement, Ernst said: ”I am incredibly thankful to those who have been so generous with their support over the last several weeks. Each and every contribution, no matter the amount, helps my campaign to continue to grow in momentum. I am excited to continue traveling the state and meeting with voters to share my vision of taking our shared Iowa values to Washington, D.C.”[76]

Sam Clovis raised $75,000 in the third quarter of 2013, after raising just $14,000 in the previous quarter.[77] He ended the quarter with about $35,000 in cash on hand.[77]

Outside spending

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced a new effort targeting representative Bruce Braley, “batting for Obamacare,” on August 16, 2013.[78] The group plans on releasing seven billboards in Des Moines accusing Braley of hurting Iowans by supporting Obamacare.[78] The billboards have a baseball theme, with four versions of a scoreboard that cite families, farmers, seniors and small businesses as the losers when it comes to the federal health care law.[78] As part of the effort the group will also launch a website, WrongTeamBraley.com, which shows Braley wearing a baseball cap with the Obama campaign logo.[78]

Media


Mark Jacobs's first ad buy of the campaign, "Jobs and Opportunity."

Senate Majority PAC's January 2014 ad, "Oil Billionaires."

Americans for Prosperity January 2014 ad, "Tell Congressman Braley: Obamacare is Hurting Iowa Families."

Joni Ernst's March 2014 ad, "Squeal."

Mark Jacobs

Mark Jacobs (R) released the first ads of the campaign with a $138,000 December 2013 ad buy and another $75,000 ad buy in January 2014.[79][80] He also released a radio ad in early December 2013.[81]

Senate Majority PAC

On January 27, 2014, Senate Majority PAC launched its $225,000 television ad buy for Bruce Braley (D), in an effort to fight back against a $500,000 ad campaign by Americans for Prosperity.[82]

In the ad, the narrator addressed the new healthcare law, “You’ve seen the ads – out-of-state billionaires playing politics with health care. The truth? Bruce Braley knows we need to fix the health care law, make it work for Iowa and hold insurance companies accountable. He knows we can’t go back to letting insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and kick people off their coverage when they get sick.”[82]

Joni Ernst

Joni Ernst released a 30-second ad on March 24, 2014, "Squeal." The ad began with Ernst saying, "I can castrate pigs so I am the perfect conservative for Iowa to send to the Senate."[83][84] She also said in the ad, "I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork. Washington’s full of big spenders. Let’s make ’em squeal.”[84]

Priorities for Iowa

Priorities for Iowa released a 30-second, $250,000 ad on March 26, 2014, that featured Bruce Braley's comments about Sen. Chuck Grassley.[85]

The Director of Priorities for Iowa, Sara Craig, said in a statement: “Bruce Braley was caught on video saying what he really thinks, and his apology doesn’t really hold up. His comments have created a national firestorm, but now all Iowans need to understand the full context. He isn’t just insulting Sen. Grassley, Iowa farmers, or people without law degrees, he is trying to sell a seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, telling Texas trial lawyers he’ll be their ‘voice’ on the Committee. We need our next Senator to be Iowa’s voice, not the voice of trial lawyers.”[85]


Priorities for Iowa's March 2014 ad, "Not for Sale."

Endorsements

Joni Ernst

  • Sarah Palin endorsed Joni Ernst on March 26, 2014.[86]
    • In a Facebook post, Palin wrote: "If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork. Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her 'pork cutting' skills to the Iowa State Senate where she has been a champion for life, small government, and lower taxes – voting for the largest tax cut in Iowa history. In Washington, she has pledged to defund Obamacare, limit the size of government, and protect life. As a concealed weapon license holder, she will fight to defend our Second Amendment rights – the NRA has given her an A rating."[86]
  • Mitt Romney endorsed Ernst in an email sent to a substantial number of his backers in Iowa on March 5, 2014.[87] In the email he wrote, ."..Now, more than ever, we need someone who will demand fiscal responsibility in Washington and will put up a strong fight against Obamacare. Mother, soldier and proven conservative, Joni Ernst, is ready to do just that. Join our efforts by making a contribution to Joni’s campaign today. Any and every contribution will make a difference."[87]
  • Republican activist David Oman endorsed Joni Ernst (R) on March 3, 2014.[88]
  • On October 7, 2013, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her endorsement of Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate.[89]
    • It was assumed that the endorsement would give Ernst some momentum in the competitive, multi-way race for the Republican nomination.[89]
    • “Joni Ernst represents the best of the Republican Party; she represents the best of Iowa,” Reynolds wrote in a guest opinion column in the Des Moines Register. “Joni does more than just talk about the policies and values she holds dear. She fights for them.”[89]

Bruce Braley

  • At Tom Harkin's 36th Annual Steak Fry in September 2013, the proceeds of which went toward To Organize a Majority PAC, several key Democratic members endorsed Bruce Braley for Harkin's seat.[90]
    • “Folks, you have been so kind and generous to me in all of the years I have represented you in both the House and 30 years in the Senate,” Harkin said. “I want you to know there is only one person I want to pass that baton to, and that’s our next United States’ senator, Bruce Braley.”[90]
  • Vice President Joe Biden also endorsed Braley.[90]“I’ve gotten to get to know Bruce,” Biden said. “Tom admires him, and it’s why I think he is going to be a great senator. He is absolutely authentic. I told Bruce I would come campaign for him or against him, whichever would help him most.”[90]
  • Gabrielle Giffords, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, took part in a fundraiser in Des Moines on October 27, 2013.[91]

Debates

Republican primary

The Iowa Broadcast News Association will sponsor a 90 minute debate for Republican candidates on May 3, 2014. The debate is part of the group’s annual convention.[92]

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Grassley won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Roxanne Conlin (D) and John Heiderscheit (L) in the general election.[93]

U.S. Senate, Iowa General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Grassley Incumbent 64.4% 718,215
     Democratic Roxanne Conlin 33.3% 371,686
     Libertarian John Heiderscheit 2.3% 25,290
Total Votes 1,115,191

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tom Harkin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Christopher Reed (R) in the general election.[94]

U.S. Senate, Iowa General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Harkin incumbent 62.7% 941,665
     Republican Christopher Reed 37.3% 560,006
Total Votes 1,501,671

See also

External links

References

  1. Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Pre-Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. USA Today "Iowa Sen. Harkin will not seek re-election," January 26, 2013
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