Sarah Palin endorses Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate race

Sarah Palin. (AP)
Sarah Palin. (AP)

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) threw her support behind Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) Wednesday, the latest in a string of endorsements Palin has made across the 2014 campaign landscape.

"If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork," Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

Ernst, a state senator, is running in a crowded field of Republicans vying for retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's seat. She recently landed the endorsement of Mitt Romney and released her first TV ad Tuesday. In the commercial, which is backed by a very modest ad buy, Ernst says, "I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork."

Responding to Palin's endorsement, Ernst said, "As our campaign builds energy toward a primary win in June, Sarah Palin's roaring support will help me to victory, and as a result, make 'em squeal in Washington."

Palin has emerged in recent weeks as a bigger presence on the campaign trail, lending her support to a handful of candidates.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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