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{{IaUSsen2014toc}}{{tnr}}Voters in [[Iowa]] '''will elect one member to the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2014|U.S. Senate]]''' in the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|November 4, 2014 elections]].
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{{Iaelecbanner14}}{{IaUSsen2014toc}}{{tnr}}Voters in [[Iowa]] '''will elect one member to the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2014|U.S. Senate]]''' in the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|election on November 4, 2014]].
  
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|Filing deadline=March 14, 2014
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."<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/26/iowa-senator-tom-harkin-retires/1866407/ ''USA Today'' "Iowa Sen. Harkin will not seek re-election," January 26, 2013]</ref>
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|Primary date=June 3, 2014
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|Primary=Iowa has a mostly [[closed primary]] system: voters must be registered with the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in the primary, but they may switch their party affiliation on election day.
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|Voter registration=''Pending''
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|State=Iowa
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|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."<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/26/iowa-senator-tom-harkin-retires/1866407/ ''USA Today'' "Iowa Sen. Harkin will not seek re-election," January 26, 2013]</ref>
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If no [[Republican]] candidate gets 35 percent of the vote in the primary, a convention picks the nominee.<ref name="process">[http://www.rollcall.com/news/rare_convention_presents_hurdle_in_iowa_senate_race-226126-1.html?zkPrintable=true ''Roll Call'' "Rare Convention Presents Hurdle in Iowa Senate Race" Accessed July 9, 2013]</ref> The nomination would be decided by 2,000 delegates during the convention.<ref name="process"/> 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.<ref name="process"/>  
 
If no [[Republican]] candidate gets 35 percent of the vote in the primary, a convention picks the nominee.<ref name="process">[http://www.rollcall.com/news/rare_convention_presents_hurdle_in_iowa_senate_race-226126-1.html?zkPrintable=true ''Roll Call'' "Rare Convention Presents Hurdle in Iowa Senate Race" Accessed July 9, 2013]</ref> The nomination would be decided by 2,000 delegates during the convention.<ref name="process"/> 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.<ref name="process"/>  
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===Announced candidates===
 
===Announced candidates===
*{{bluedot}} [[Bruce Braley]] - [[U.S. House|Representative]] from [[Iowa's 1st congressional district|District 1]]<ref name=sen14>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324539304578265733318896560.html ''The Wall Street Journal,'' "Harkin's Exit Heralds Scramble for Senate Seat," January 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/iowa-s-u-s-house-st-district-gop-field-doubles/article_cfbc573c-9f90-5932-8fd9-0719a2cca045.html ''Sioux City Journal,'' "Iowa's U.S. House 1st District GOP field doubles; Pate, Rogers join race," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Bruce Braley]] - [[U.S. House|Representative]] from [[Iowa's 1st Congressional District|District 1]]<ref name=sen14>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324539304578265733318896560.html ''The Wall Street Journal,'' "Harkin's Exit Heralds Scramble for Senate Seat," January 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/iowa-s-u-s-house-st-district-gop-field-doubles/article_cfbc573c-9f90-5932-8fd9-0719a2cca045.html ''Sioux City Journal,'' "Iowa's U.S. House 1st District GOP field doubles; Pate, Rogers join race," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[David Young]] - Former Chief of Staff to Sen. [[Chuck Grassley]]<ref>[http://theiowarepublican.com/2013/grassley-chief-of-staff-david-young-set-to-enter-us-senate-race/ ''The Iowa Republican,'' "Grassley Chief of Staff David Young set to enter U.S. Senate race,"  May 23, 2013] </ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Matt Whitaker]] - Former U.S. attorney <ref name="northey"/><ref name=ernst/><ref> [http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130507/NEWS09/305070061/Former-U-S-Attorney-Matt-Whitaker-pursues-open-Senate-seat ''Des Moines Register,'' "Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker pursues open Senate seat," May 6, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/matt-whitaker-announces-senate-campaign-team-iasen-shop-talk/ ''Roll Call'' "Matt Whitaker Announces Senate Campaign Team #IASEN | Shop Talk" Accessed June 11, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Matt Whitaker]] - Former U.S. attorney <ref name="northey"/><ref name=ernst/><ref> [http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130507/NEWS09/305070061/Former-U-S-Attorney-Matt-Whitaker-pursues-open-Senate-seat ''Des Moines Register,'' "Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker pursues open Senate seat," May 6, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/matt-whitaker-announces-senate-campaign-team-iasen-shop-talk/ ''Roll Call'' "Matt Whitaker Announces Senate Campaign Team #IASEN | Shop Talk" Accessed June 11, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Sam Clovis]] - Host of the conservative radio show “Impact With Sam Clovis” on KSCJ-AM<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/06/07/sioux-city-radio-host-to-reveal-u-s-senate-intentions-monday/article?gcheck=1 ''Des Moines Register'' "Sioux City radio host to reveal U.S. Senate intentions Monday" Accessed June 7, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thegazette.com/2013/05/23/sioux-city-radio-host-considering-u-s-senate-run/ ''The Gazette,'' "Sioux City radio host considering U.S. Senate run," May 23, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/06/10/sioux-city-radio-host-sam-clovis-joins-u-s-senate-race/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Sioux City radio host Sam Clovis joins U.S. Senate race" Accessed June 12, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Sam Clovis]] - Host of the conservative radio show “Impact With Sam Clovis” on KSCJ-AM<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/06/07/sioux-city-radio-host-to-reveal-u-s-senate-intentions-monday/article?gcheck=1 ''Des Moines Register'' "Sioux City radio host to reveal U.S. Senate intentions Monday" Accessed June 7, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://thegazette.com/2013/05/23/sioux-city-radio-host-considering-u-s-senate-run/ ''The Gazette,'' "Sioux City radio host considering U.S. Senate run," May 23, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/06/10/sioux-city-radio-host-sam-clovis-joins-u-s-senate-race/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Sioux City radio host Sam Clovis joins U.S. Senate race" Accessed June 12, 2013]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Scott Schaben]]: Businessman<ref>[http://www.carrollspaper.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=15991 ''Daily Times Herald'' "Kuemper alum Schaben plans U.S. Senate bid" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/07/09/candidate-for-u-s-senate-suggests-african-american-wife-is-evidence-hes-not-racist/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Candidate for U.S. Senate suggests African American wife is evidence he’s not racist" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Scott Schaben]]: Businessman<ref>[http://www.carrollspaper.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=15991 ''Daily Times Herald'' "Kuemper alum Schaben plans U.S. Senate bid" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/07/09/candidate-for-u-s-senate-suggests-african-american-wife-is-evidence-hes-not-racist/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Candidate for U.S. Senate suggests African American wife is evidence he’s not racist" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Joni Ernst]] - [[Iowa State Senate|State senator]]<ref name=ernst>[http://kmaland.com/02225_Ernst_still_undecided_on_Senate_bid_101647.asp ''KMALand,'' "Ernst still undecided on Senate bid," May 23, 2013]</ref><ref name=politico">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/iowa-republican-senate-primary-2014-91874.html ''Politico'' "Iowa Republican Senate primary 2014 a free-for-all" Accessed May 28, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130710/NEWS09/130710020/1056/NEWS05 ''Des Moines Register'' "Joni Ernst announces bid for Senate seat" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Joni Ernst]] - [[Iowa State Senate|State senator]]<ref name=ernst>[http://kmaland.com/02225_Ernst_still_undecided_on_Senate_bid_101647.asp ''KMALand,'' "Ernst still undecided on Senate bid," May 23, 2013]</ref><ref name=politico">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/iowa-republican-senate-primary-2014-91874.html ''Politico'' "Iowa Republican Senate primary 2014 a free-for-all" Accessed May 28, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130710/NEWS09/130710020/1056/NEWS05 ''Des Moines Register'' "Joni Ernst announces bid for Senate seat" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Mark Jacobs]] - A former oil executive, Jacobs currently heads an education nonprofit.<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/12/16/republican-to-air-tv-ads-in-u-s-senate-race/article ''Des Moines Register,'' "Republican to air first TV ads in U.S. Senate race," accessed December 21, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130508/NEWS10/130508027/Mark-Jacobs-possible-Senate-candidate-hosts-education-reform-forum ''Des Moines Register,'' "Mark Jacobs, possible Senate candidate, hosts education reform forum," May 8, 2013] </ref>
  
 
===Potential candidates===
 
===Potential candidates===
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*{{reddot}} [[Brad Zaun]] - [[Iowa State Senate|State senator]]<ref name="northey"/>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Brad Zaun]] - [[Iowa State Senate|State senator]]<ref name="northey"/>
 
*{{reddot}} [[A.J. Spiker]] - Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party<ref> [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/iowa-republican-senate-primary-2014-91874.html ''Politico,'' "Iowa Republican Senate primary 2014 a free-for-all," May 24, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[A.J. Spiker]] - Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party<ref> [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/iowa-republican-senate-primary-2014-91874.html ''Politico,'' "Iowa Republican Senate primary 2014 a free-for-all," May 24, 2013] </ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Mark Jacobs]] - A former oil executive, Jacobs currently heads an education nonprofit.<ref> [http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130508/NEWS10/130508027/Mark-Jacobs-possible-Senate-candidate-hosts-education-reform-forum ''Des Moines Register,'' "Mark Jacobs, possible Senate candidate, hosts education reform forum," May 8, 2013] </ref>
 
  
 
===Declined===
 
===Declined===
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*{{bluedot}} [[Dave Loebsack]]: [[U.S. House|U.S. Representative]]<ref>[http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/loesback-won-t-seek-u-s-senate-seat/article_e3ee7f0c-69d6-11e2-9485-001a4bcf887a.html ''Globe Gazette'' "Loesback won't seek U.S. Senate seat" Accessed May 31, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Dave Loebsack]]: [[U.S. House|U.S. Representative]]<ref>[http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/loesback-won-t-seek-u-s-senate-seat/article_e3ee7f0c-69d6-11e2-9485-001a4bcf887a.html ''Globe Gazette'' "Loesback won't seek U.S. Senate seat" Accessed May 31, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}}[[Kevin McCarthy]]: [[Iowa House of Representatives|State representative]]<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/01/28/iowa-house-democratic-leader-mccarthy-absolutely-wont-seek-higher-office/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Iowa House Democratic Leader McCarthy “absolutely” won’t seek higher office" Accessed May 31, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}}[[Kevin McCarthy]]: [[Iowa House of Representatives|State representative]]<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/01/28/iowa-house-democratic-leader-mccarthy-absolutely-wont-seek-higher-office/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Iowa House Democratic Leader McCarthy “absolutely” won’t seek higher office" Accessed May 31, 2013]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Tom Latham]]: On February 27, the [[U.S. House|representative]] from [[Iowa's 3rd congressional district|District 3]] sent an email to his supporters announcing that he would not be running for the seat.<ref name="hill"/>
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*{{reddot}} [[David Young]] - Former Chief of Staff to Sen. [[Chuck Grassley]]<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/iowa-republican-drops-senate-bid-will-run-for-open-house-seat/ ''Roll Call,'' "Iowa Republican Drops Senate Bid, Will Run for Open House Seat," accessed January 2, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://theiowarepublican.com/2013/grassley-chief-of-staff-david-young-set-to-enter-us-senate-race/ ''The Iowa Republican,'' "Grassley Chief of Staff David Young set to enter U.S. Senate race,"  May 23, 2013] </ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Tom Latham]]: On February 27, the [[U.S. House|representative]] from [[Iowa's 3rd Congressional District|District 3]] sent an email to his supporters announcing that he would not be running for the seat.<ref name="hill"/>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Bill Northey]]: [[Iowa Secretary of Agriculture]]<ref>[http://www.radioiowa.com/2013/03/01/iowa-ag-secretary-discussing-a-run-for-the-u-s-senate/ ''Radio Iowa,'' "Iowa Ag Secretary discussing a run for the U.S. Senate," March 1, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/02/northey-wont-run-for-iowa-senate-seat-hopes-steve-king-will/?wprss=rss_politics&utm_source=feedly ''Washington Post'' "Northey won’t run for Iowa Senate seat, hopes Steve King will" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Bill Northey]]: [[Iowa Secretary of Agriculture]]<ref>[http://www.radioiowa.com/2013/03/01/iowa-ag-secretary-discussing-a-run-for-the-u-s-senate/ ''Radio Iowa,'' "Iowa Ag Secretary discussing a run for the U.S. Senate," March 1, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/02/northey-wont-run-for-iowa-senate-seat-hopes-steve-king-will/?wprss=rss_politics&utm_source=feedly ''Washington Post'' "Northey won’t run for Iowa Senate seat, hopes Steve King will" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Matt Schultz]]: [[Iowa Secretary of State]]<ref name="northey">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/02/northey-wont-run-for-iowa-senate-seat-hopes-steve-king-will/?wprss=rss_politics&utm_source=feedly ''Washington Post'' "Northey won’t run for Iowa Senate seat, hopes Steve King will" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130514/NEWS09/130514011/1056/news05?nclick_check=1 ''Des Moines Register'' "Matt Schultz flies to D.C. to size up GOP Senate bid" Accessed May 15, 2013]</ref><ref> [http://www.omaha.com/article/20130515/NEWS/705159929/1016 ''Omaha.com,'' "Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz travels to D.C. as he mulls Senate bid," May 15, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/29/matt-schultz-wont-run-for-the-senate-in-iowa/ ''Washington Post'' "Matt Schultz won't run for Senate in Iowa" Accessed May 31, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Matt Schultz]]: [[Iowa Secretary of State]]<ref name="northey">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/02/northey-wont-run-for-iowa-senate-seat-hopes-steve-king-will/?wprss=rss_politics&utm_source=feedly ''Washington Post'' "Northey won’t run for Iowa Senate seat, hopes Steve King will" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130514/NEWS09/130514011/1056/news05?nclick_check=1 ''Des Moines Register'' "Matt Schultz flies to D.C. to size up GOP Senate bid" Accessed May 15, 2013]</ref><ref> [http://www.omaha.com/article/20130515/NEWS/705159929/1016 ''Omaha.com,'' "Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz travels to D.C. as he mulls Senate bid," May 15, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/29/matt-schultz-wont-run-for-the-senate-in-iowa/ ''Washington Post'' "Matt Schultz won't run for Senate in Iowa" Accessed May 31, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Kim Reynolds]]: [[Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|Iowa Lt. Governor]]<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/23/iowa-lt-gov-kim-reynolds-wont-run-for-senate/ ''Washington Post'' "Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds won’t run for Senate" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Kim Reynolds]]: [[Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|Iowa Lt. Governor]]<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/23/iowa-lt-gov-kim-reynolds-wont-run-for-senate/ ''Washington Post'' "Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds won’t run for Senate" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Steve King]]: U.S. Rep, [[Iowa's 4th congressional district|District 4]]<ref name=sen14/><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/05/06/steve-kings-is-out-the-next-phase-of-the-iowa-senate-race-starts-now/ ''Washington Post'' "Steve King is out. The next phase of the Iowa Senate race starts now." Accessed May 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/04/king-latest-iowa-republican-to-decline-senate-bid/ ''Fox News'' "Iowa's Steve King rules out GOP bid for Senate in 2014" Accessed May 25, 2013]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Steve King]]: U.S. Rep, [[Iowa's 4th Congressional District|District 4]]<ref name=sen14/><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/05/06/steve-kings-is-out-the-next-phase-of-the-iowa-senate-race-starts-now/ ''Washington Post'' "Steve King is out. The next phase of the Iowa Senate race starts now." Accessed May 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/04/king-latest-iowa-republican-to-decline-senate-bid/ ''Fox News'' "Iowa's Steve King rules out GOP bid for Senate in 2014" Accessed May 25, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Race background==
 
==Race background==
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“We all agree on almost all of the issues,” [[Sam Clovis]] said.
 
“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 [[Iowa State Senate|state senator]] [[Joni Ernst]], referring to [[Iowa's 1st congressional district|1st district]] incumbent [[Bruce Braley]].<ref name="sing"/>
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“Anyone of us will be much, much better than a Bruce Braley in that seat,” added [[Iowa State Senate|state senator]] [[Joni Ernst]], referring to [[Iowa's 1st Congressional District|1st District]] incumbent [[Bruce Braley]].<ref name="sing"/>
  
 
“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.”<ref name="sing"/>
 
“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.”<ref name="sing"/>
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“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."<ref name="sing">[http://thegazette.com/2013/08/23/gop-senate-hopefuls-tell-faith-voters-any-one-of-them-better-than-the-alternative-3/#sthash.Pu8EOTjw.dpuf ''The Gazette,'' "GOP Senate hopefuls tell faith voters any one of them better than the alternative," accessed August 26, 2013]</ref>
 
“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."<ref name="sing">[http://thegazette.com/2013/08/23/gop-senate-hopefuls-tell-faith-voters-any-one-of-them-better-than-the-alternative-3/#sthash.Pu8EOTjw.dpuf ''The Gazette,'' "GOP Senate hopefuls tell faith voters any one of them better than the alternative," accessed August 26, 2013]</ref>
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==Race ratings==
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===Washington Post top 10 races===
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{{thefixtopten|state=the U.S. Senate election in Iowa|Reason=By late 2013 Republican candidate fundraising had not put up impressive fundraising. However, Rep. Braley had been continuing to put up high numbers.}}
  
 
==Polls==
 
==Polls==
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===Republican primary===
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{{Poll2
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|Title=Republican primary
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|Poll1=[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/11/26/evangelical-activist-vander-plaats-would-lead-u-s-senate-race-survey-finds/article Kellyanne Conway]<br>November 22-23, 2013
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|Response1=Bob Vander Plaats
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|Response2=Sam Clovis
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|Response3=Matt Whitaker
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|Response4=Mark Jacobs
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|Response5=David Young
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|Response6=Scott Shaben
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|Response7=Paul Lunde
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|Response8=Undecided
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|Numberpolled1=400
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|Margin of error1 =4.9
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|Response1Poll1% = 28
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|Response2Poll1% = 8
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|Response3Poll1% = 7
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|Response4Poll1% = 5
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|Response5Poll1% = 4
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|Response6Poll1% = 1
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|Response7Poll1% = 1
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|Response8Poll1%=39
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}}
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===General election===
 
{{Poll2
 
{{Poll2
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Whitaker  
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Whitaker  
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
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|Poll2=[http://www.conservativeintel.com/conservative-intel-poll-iasen-surprisingly-competitive-1125/ Harper Polling]<br>November 23-24, 2013
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response2=Matt Whitaker (R)
 
|Response2=Matt Whitaker (R)
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Numberpolled1=668
 
|Numberpolled1=668
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|Numberpolled2=985
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
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|Margin of error2 =3.12
 
|Response1Poll1% =43
 
|Response1Poll1% =43
 
|Response2Poll1% =  34
 
|Response2Poll1% =  34
 
|Response3Poll1% =23
 
|Response3Poll1% =23
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|Response1Poll2% =41
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|Response2Poll2% =38
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|Response3Poll2% =22
 
}}
 
}}
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{{Poll2
 
{{Poll2
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Clovis
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Clovis
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
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|Poll2=[http://www.conservativeintel.com/conservative-intel-poll-iasen-surprisingly-competitive-1125/ Harper Polling]<br>November 23-24, 2013
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response2=Sam Clovis (R)
 
|Response2=Sam Clovis (R)
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Numberpolled1=668
 
|Numberpolled1=668
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|Numberpolled2=985
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 +
|Margin of error2 =3.12
 
|Response1Poll1% = 43
 
|Response1Poll1% = 43
 
|Response2Poll1% =  31
 
|Response2Poll1% =  31
 
|Response3Poll1% =25
 
|Response3Poll1% =25
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|Response1Poll2% =40
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|Response2Poll2% =35
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|Response3Poll2% =25
 
}}
 
}}
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{{Poll2
 
{{Poll2
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Ernst
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Ernst
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
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|Poll2=[http://www.conservativeintel.com/conservative-intel-poll-iasen-surprisingly-competitive-1125/ Harper Polling]<br>November 23-24, 2013
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response2=Joni Ernst (R)
 
|Response2=Joni Ernst (R)
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Numberpolled1=668
 
|Numberpolled1=668
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|Numberpolled2=985
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 +
|Margin of error2 =3.12
 
|Response1Poll1% =45  
 
|Response1Poll1% =45  
 
|Response2Poll1% = 33
 
|Response2Poll1% = 33
 
|Response3Poll1% =22
 
|Response3Poll1% =22
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|Response1Poll2% =42
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|Response2Poll2% =36
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|Response3Poll2% =22
 
}}
 
}}
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{{Poll2
 
{{Poll2
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Jacobs
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Jacobs
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
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|Poll2=[http://www.conservativeintel.com/conservative-intel-poll-iasen-surprisingly-competitive-1125/ Harper Polling]<br>November 23-24, 2013
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response2=Mark Jacobs (R)
 
|Response2=Mark Jacobs (R)
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Numberpolled1=668
 
|Numberpolled1=668
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|Numberpolled2=985
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 +
|Margin of error2 =3.12
 
|Response1Poll1% =44  
 
|Response1Poll1% =44  
 
|Response2Poll1% =32
 
|Response2Poll1% =32
 
|Response3Poll1% =24
 
|Response3Poll1% =24
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|Response1Poll2% 41
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|Response2Poll2% =37
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|Response3Poll2% =22
 
}}
 
}}
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{{Poll2
 
{{Poll2
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Young
 
|Title=Possible match-up: Braley v. Young
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
 
|Poll1=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/branstad-braley-lead-in-iowa.html Public Policy Polling]<br>July 5-7, 2013
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|Poll2=[http://www.conservativeintel.com/conservative-intel-poll-iasen-surprisingly-competitive-1125/ Harper Polling]<br>November 23-24, 2013
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response1=Bruce Braley (D)
 
|Response2=David Young (R)
 
|Response2=David Young (R)
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Response3=Undecided
 
|Numberpolled1=668
 
|Numberpolled1=668
 +
|Numberpolled2=985
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 
|Margin of error1 =3.8  
 +
|Margin of error2 =3.12
 
|Response1Poll1% =45  
 
|Response1Poll1% =45  
 
|Response2Poll1% = 32
 
|Response2Poll1% = 32
 
|Response3Poll1% =24
 
|Response3Poll1% =24
 +
|Response1Poll2% =41
 +
|Response2Poll2% =35
 +
|Response3Poll2% =24
 
}}
 
}}
 +
 +
==Endorsements==
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On October 7, 2013, [[Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|Iowa Lt. Gov.]] [[Kim Reynolds]] announced her endorsement of [[Joni Ernst]] for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]].<ref name="reynolds">[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/10/07/lt-gov-kim-reynolds-endorses-joni-ernst-in-u-s-senate-race/article ''Des Moines Register,'' "Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds endorses Joni Ernst in U.S. Senate race," accessed October 7, 2013]</ref>
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It was assumed that the endorsement was likely to give Ernst some momentum in the competitive, multi-way race for the [[Republican Party|Republican]] nomination.<ref name="reynolds"/>
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“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.”<ref name="reynolds"/>
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Joni Ernst 2014 FEC}}
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{{Scott Schaben 2014 FEC}}
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{{Sam Clovis 2014 FEC}}
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{{Matt Whitaker 2014 FEC}}
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{{Bruce Braley 2014 FEC}}
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[[Bruce Braley]] (D) reportedly transferred $179,000 from his [[U.S. House]] campaign account to his [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] campaign, and spent $113,000 in the first three months of the 2013.<ref name="des">[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/04/15/braley-raises-1-07-million-for-u-s-senate-race/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Braley Raises 1.07 millino for U.S. Senate Race" Accessed April 16, 2013]</ref> [[Bruce Braley|Braley]] ended the first quarter of 2013 with $1,004,606 in cash on hand and reported that he already received contributions from [[Iowa|Iowans]] in all 99 counties.<ref name="des"/> 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.<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/07/02/braley-has-2m-on-hand-for-senate-run/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Braley has $2M on hand for U.S. Senate run" Accessed July 3, 2013]</ref>
 
[[Bruce Braley]] (D) reportedly transferred $179,000 from his [[U.S. House]] campaign account to his [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] campaign, and spent $113,000 in the first three months of the 2013.<ref name="des">[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/04/15/braley-raises-1-07-million-for-u-s-senate-race/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Braley Raises 1.07 millino for U.S. Senate Race" Accessed April 16, 2013]</ref> [[Bruce Braley|Braley]] ended the first quarter of 2013 with $1,004,606 in cash on hand and reported that he already received contributions from [[Iowa|Iowans]] in all 99 counties.<ref name="des"/> 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.<ref>[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/07/02/braley-has-2m-on-hand-for-senate-run/article ''Des Moines Register'' "Braley has $2M on hand for U.S. Senate run" Accessed July 3, 2013]</ref>
  
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[[David Young]] ([[Republican|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.<ref>[http://theiowarepublican.com/2013/young-raises-152000-for-us-senate-campaign/ ''Iowa Republican'' "Young Raises $152,000 for US Senate Campaign" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
 
[[David Young]] ([[Republican|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.<ref>[http://theiowarepublican.com/2013/young-raises-152000-for-us-senate-campaign/ ''Iowa Republican'' "Young Raises $152,000 for US Senate Campaign" Accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
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[[Joni Ernst]] raised $252,000 in her first fundraising quarter, according to reports on October 10, 2013.<ref name="robust">[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/10/10/ernst-raises-252000-for-her-u-s-senate-campaign/article ''Des Moines Register,'' "Ernst raises $252,000 for her U.S. Senate campaign," accessed October 11, 2013]</ref>
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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.”<ref name="robust"/>
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[[Sam Clovis]] raised $75,000 in the third quarter of 2013, after raising just $14,000 in the previous quarter.<ref name="scthird">[http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/10/11/radio-talk-show-host-sam-clovis-raises-75000-for-u-s-senate-race/article ''Des Moines Register,'' "Radio talk show host Sam Clovis raises $75,000 for U.S. Senate race," accessed October 11, 2013]</ref> He ended the quarter with about $35,000 in cash on hand.<ref name="scthird"/>
  
 
===Outside spending===
 
===Outside spending===
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Vice President [[Joe Biden]] also endorsed [[Bruce Braley|Braley]].<ref name="steak"/>“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.”<ref name="steak"/>
 
Vice President [[Joe Biden]] also endorsed [[Bruce Braley|Braley]].<ref name="steak"/>“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.”<ref name="steak"/>
  
[[Gabrielle Giffords]], and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, will take part in a fundraiser in Des Moines on October 27, 2013.<ref name="giffords">[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/gabrielle-giffords-bruce-braley_n_3920188.html ''Huffington Post,'' "Gabrielle Giffords To Campaign For Bruce Braley," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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[[Gabrielle Giffords]], and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, took part in a fundraiser in Des Moines on October 27, 2013.<ref name="giffords">[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/gabrielle-giffords-bruce-braley_n_3920188.html ''Huffington Post,'' "Gabrielle Giffords To Campaign For Bruce Braley," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Election history==
 
==Election history==
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
On November 2, 2010, [[Chuck Grassley]] won re-election to the [[United States Senate]].  He defeated Roxanne Conlin (D) and John Heiderscheit (L) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf 'U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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|winner1 = Chuck Grassley
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|candidate2 = Roxanne Conlin
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|candidate3 = John Heiderscheit
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|votes1=718215
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|votes2=371686
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|votes3=25290
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|Inc1=Y
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===2008===
 
===2008===
On November 4, 2008, [[Tom Harkin]] won re-election to the [[United States Senate]].  He defeated Christopher Reed (D) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm 'U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"]</ref>
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|candidate2 = Christopher Reed
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|votes1=941665
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|votes2=560006
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|Inc1=Y
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==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 13:42, 8 January 2014



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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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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[2]


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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 has a mostly closed primary system: voters must be registered with the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in the primary, but they may switch their party affiliation on election day.

Voter registration: Pending

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

Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Announced candidates

Potential candidates

Republican

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.[37]

Issues

Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition meeting

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.[38] 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.[38]

“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.[38]

“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.”[38]

“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.”[38]

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.[38] 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.”[38]

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.[38]

“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."[38]

Race ratings

Washington Post top 10 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.[39]

Polls

Republican primary

Republican primary
Poll Bob Vander Plaats Sam ClovisMatt WhitakerMark JacobsDavid YoungScott ShabenPaul LundeUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Kellyanne Conway
November 22-23, 2013
28%8%7%5%4%1%1%39%+/-4.9400
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
AVERAGES 42% 36% 22.5% +/-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.


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
AVERAGES 41.5% 33% 25% +/-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.


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
AVERAGES 43.5% 34.5% 22% +/-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.


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
AVERAGES 34.5% 23% +/-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.


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.

Endorsements

On October 7, 2013, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her endorsement of Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate.[40]

It was assumed that the endorsement was likely to give Ernst some momentum in the competitive, multi-way race for the Republican nomination.[40]

“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.”[40]

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[41]October 15, 2013$0.00$252,397$(28,112)$224,285
Year End[42]January 31, 2014$224,285$202,774$(137,544)$289,514
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$289,514$285,664$(147,978)$427,201
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$351,849$1,334,633$(620,317)$1,109,044
Running totals
$2,075,468$(933,951)
Scott Schaben (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2013$0.00$8,291.00$(4,489.32)$3,801.68
Year End[46]January 31, 2014$3,801$4,297$(2,158)$5,940
April Quarterly[47]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[48]July 15, 2013$0.00$14,132.48$(2,328.62)$11,803.86
October Quarterly[49]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[50]July 15, 2013$0.00$115,332.07$(4,087.66)$111,244.41
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2013$111,244.41$104,557.61$(34,977.49)$180,824.53
Year End[52]January 31, 2014$180,824$111,071$(59,803)$232,092
April Quarterly[53]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[54]April 15, 2013$0.00$1,035,875.92$(31,259.28)$1,004,606.64
July Quarterly[55]July 13, 2013$1,004,606.64$1,258,495.47$(257,324.01)$2,005,778.10
October Quarterly[56]October 15, 2013$2,005,778.10$2,906,320.60$(582,969.55)$2,323,351.05
Year-end[57]January 31, 2014$2,323,351$1,020,227$(732,786)$2,610,791
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2014$2,610,791$1,258,283$(756,501)$3,112,574
July Quarterly[59]July 15, 2014$2,336,719$1,268,724$(882,492)$2,722,951
Running totals
$8,747,925.99$(3,243,331.84)


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.[60] 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.[60] 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.[61]

Possible Republican candidate and current Representative Steve King reportedly raised $93,000 and had $90,000 cash-on-hand as of April 2013.[62]

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.[63] He had 134 donors from Iowa, which represents 78 percent of his donors.[63] A fundraiser featuring U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in Washington, D.C. is set for July 23.[63]

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.[64]

Joni Ernst raised $252,000 in her first fundraising quarter, according to reports on October 10, 2013.[65]

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.”[65]

Sam Clovis raised $75,000 in the third quarter of 2013, after raising just $14,000 in the previous quarter.[66] He ended the quarter with about $35,000 in cash on hand.[66]

Outside spending

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced a new effort targeting representative Bruce Braley, “batting for Obamacare,” on August 16, 2013.[67] The group plans on releasing seven billboards in Des Moines accusing Braley of hurting Iowans by supporting Obamacare.[67] 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.[67] 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.[67]

Endorsements

Bruce Braley

At Tom Harkin's 36th Annual Steak Fry in September 2013, the proceeds of which go toward To Organize a Majority PAC, several key Democratic members endorsed Bruce Braley for Harkin's seat.[68]

“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.”[68]

Vice President Joe Biden also endorsed Braley.[68]“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.”[68]

Gabrielle Giffords, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, took part in a fundraiser in Des Moines on October 27, 2013.[69]

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.[70]

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.[71]

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

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