One more reason for Dems to worry: GOP’s Ernst pulls ahead in Iowa
06/07/2014 8:47 AM
06/09/2014 6:18 AM
One more reason for Democrats to worry about their chances of keeping a Senate majority: The Iowa race looks competitive.
A new Loras College poll, taken Wednesday and Thursday, found newly-minted Republican nominee Joni Ernst ahead with 48 percent. Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley had 41.7 percent. Braley had led in pre-primary polls.
Some of that may reflect the media coverage of Ernst’s unexpecetedly big primary victory Tuesday, when she crushed her Republican rivals. But it also suggests a tight race to succeed Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who is retiring after five terms.
One boost for Ernst: 42 percent approved of how President Barack Obama was doing, while 54 percent disapproved. Obama won Iowa by six percentage points in 2012.
Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win control of the Senate.
Nation & World Videos
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.