Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is returning to the US Senate after pushing back a determined effort by Democrat Theresa Greenfield in a race that will play a major role in choosing which party to control the Senate in January.
Iowa wasn’t considered one of the easiest seats for Democrats to reverse in 2020, but that changed as the cycle progressed and Greenfield found himself able to capitalize on a solid fundraising as Trump’s state poll plunged amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Although it was raised and spent by his Democratic opponent, Ernst was able to hang on to the seat with a campaign that relied heavily on his good faith in Iowa and tries to present himself as a bipartisan voice in the Republican caucus.
Even though polls have shown the president’s chances in Iowa are shrinking, Ernst has done little to part ways with the president as she runs for her second term. She also found herself in a controversial position in September after The Waterloo-Cedar Falls courier reported that the Republican lawmaker responded to a question at an event saying she was “so skeptical” of the official COVID-19 figures – a comment that amounted to engaging in a ridiculous conspiracy about over-enumeration of deaths. She then returned to the comments according to the Associated Press.
Ernst also got stuck by Trump and showed no sense of alarm over the president’s downfall in state, according to The New York Times, even though the polls showed she and the president were struggling.
“There may be issues where people will disagree with the president, but they will support me,” Ernst told reporters in October, according to the newspaper. “So it’s up to these Iowans to come out and make that decision, but I hope they recognize that Iowa is where I was born and raised and that the Iowans are the people who hold me back. hold dear.
Greenfield topped the incumbent by more than $ 21 million in the third quarter of fundraising, according to Open Secrets. But even this transport was not enough in the last month of the campaign to oust Ernst from office.
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