The Republican contender for Iowa Senate, Joni Ernst, has pulled ahead of her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley in the latest Des Moines Register poll, despite indications that Braley had a strong (but unsurprising) lead in early voting.
Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP’s hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate.
Ernst, a state senator and military leader, enjoys 51 percent support among likely voters. That’s a majority, and it’s her biggest lead in the three Iowa Polls conducted this fall. Braley, a congressman and trial lawyer, gets 44 percent, according to The Des Moines Register’s final Iowa Poll before Tuesday’s election.
“This race looks like it’s decided,” said J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the poll for the Register. “That said, there are enormous resources being applied to change all that.”
The Des Moines Register poll has been shockingly accurate, so Jodi Ernst should feel good enough to make up for her run in with retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who thought it appropriate to open up a new front in the War on Women in Ernst’s backyard. According to Sen. Harkin, Ms. Ernst, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait and could probably kick his ass as easily as she castrated those pigs, is just a pretty face who doesn’t have much to say. Because when it comes to thinly veiled misogyny (or not so thinly-veiled, if you believe Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand), no one does it quite as well as male Democratic Senators.
Bruce Braley, on the other hand is holding out twin hopes: one, that Democrats can throw enough money into Get Out the Vote campaigns to turn the tide, and two, that someone from the Democratic party shows up in his state and can accurately pronouce his name so they’ll know who to vote for.