Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle
June 18th, 2014
08:32 AM ET
5 months ago

Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle

(CNN) - It's pretty much all tied up in a crucial Senate contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in November's midterm elections, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Iowa voters released Wednesday indicates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley with a slight 44%-40% edge over GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst in the battle to succeed longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring at the end of the year. If the Republicans can flip Harkin's seat and five other Democratic held seats, they would win control of the Senate.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate • Senate Race
Potential 2016 GOP candidates tout conservative principles in Iowa
June 14th, 2014
10:17 PM ET
5 months ago

Potential 2016 GOP candidates tout conservative principles in Iowa

(CNN) – Traveling to the first caucus state of 2016, where presidential candidates will meet a much-anticipated test, three potential Republican candidates took the stage Saturday at the Iowa GOP state convention to tout conservative principles and a new GOP message.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, declared that if the GOP sticks to conservative principles, it will “be the dominant party again.”
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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Iowa • Rand Paul • Rick Santorum
June 8th, 2014
06:03 PM ET
5 months ago

Gap emerges between GOP favorites and potential winners in Iowa

(CNN) - The new Des Moines Register survey makes one thing clear: Iowa Republicans don't think their favorite potential candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 could win a national election.

The poll ranked GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, first in favorability among 11 Republicans considering bids  for the GOP nomination.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa
With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty
June 5th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
6 months ago

With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty

(CNN) - It got ugly pretty quickly in the Senate battle in Iowa, a crucial contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in the midterms.

The campaign of Republican nominee Joni Ernst Thursday charged that the Democratic nominee in the race, Rep. Bruce Braley, is "degrading women by comparing Joni Ernst to a 'chick' in his latest campaign ad."
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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst
Rubio in Iowa on eve of key primary
June 2nd, 2014
09:10 AM ET
6 months ago

Rubio in Iowa on eve of key primary

(CNN) - Marco Rubio's in Iowa Monday.

The first-term Republican senator from Florida's in the Hawkeye State to campaign for state senator Joni Ernst, the frontrunner in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Marco Rubio • New Hampshire
Mitt Romney: Rainmaker
May 30th, 2014
08:55 AM ET
6 months ago

Mitt Romney: Rainmaker

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's back in Iowa.

No, the two time Republican presidential candidate isn't launching a third run for the White House. Romney's made it clear a number of times that those days are over.

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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Mitt Romney
Perry dines with New Hampshire Republicans in Texas
May 28th, 2014
03:52 PM ET
6 months ago

Perry dines with New Hampshire Republicans in Texas

Washington (CNN) - Rick Perry, the Texas governor and erstwhile Republican presidential contender, played host on Tuesday night to more than a dozen well-connected New Hampshire politicos – his latest effort to woo GOP power brokers as he plots a repeat bid for the White House in 2016.

The confab, held over dinner at the governor’s mansion in Austin, was organized by Republican operative Mike Dennehy, Perry’s man-on-the-ground in New Hampshire, and included several business leaders and Republican activists from the nation’s first primary state.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
GOP candidate with both grassroots and establishment backing
May 27th, 2014
08:49 AM ET
6 months ago

GOP candidate with both grassroots and establishment backing

Updated 3:30 p.m. ET, 5/28/2014

(CNN) - Joni Ernst doesn't have to take sides in the battle between the Republican establishment and the tea party movement.

It seems she's got the backing of both sides.

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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race
Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst
May 22nd, 2014
11:54 AM ET
6 months ago

Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is returning to Iowa next Friday for the first time since barely losing the state's GOP presidential caucuses in 2012.

The former GOP nominee will campaign for Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Cedar Rapids and Davenport, her campaign announced Thursday.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate
Joni Ernst gets big endorsement in Iowa GOP Senate primary
May 18th, 2014
03:17 PM ET
6 months ago

Joni Ernst gets big endorsement in Iowa GOP Senate primary

(CNN) – Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst got a boost Sunday with the endorsement of The Des Moines Register in Iowa.

Ahead of the state's GOP primary on June 3, the newspaper's editorial board argued Ernst, a state senator, is a "smart, well-prepared candidate who can wrestle with the details of public policy from a conservative perspective without seeming inflexible."

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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa
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