Ernst becomes first woman elected statewide in Iowa
Joni Ernst (R) became the first woman ever elected statewide in Iowa on Tuesday after defeating Rep. Bruce Braley (D) for the open U.S. Senate seat. Ernst, a little-known state senator who made national headlines with her campaign ad “Squeal,” steadily rose in the polls over the last months of the campaign. Her win marks the first time in 30 years the seat will be held by a Republican.
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