Braley to face Ernst for U.S. Senate seat

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Republican Joni Ernst will face Bruce Braley in November, to see who will replace Tom Harkin in the U.S. Senate.

Five contenders vied for the Republican nomination in the June 3 Iowa Primary, including Ernst, Mark Jacobs, Sam Clovis, Scott Schaben, and Matt Whitaker.

With all of the state’s 1,782 precincts reporting, Ernst had 56.1% of the vote.  Jacobs had 16.8% and Clovis had 18%.

Ernst made her mark on the campaign trail when she released a video describing herself as a mother and soldier who was taught to live within her means. She said her three goals were to cut spending, repeal Obamacare and balance the budget.

According to Jacobs’ website, he is a former CEO of electric energy company Reliant Energy and founder of Reaching Higher Iowa, an organization aimed at improving Iowa’s public education.

“No matter who my opponent is, I look forward to a rigorous debate about who can rise above the partisanship of Washington politics and fight for Iowa’s working families who need a strong voice in Washington,” Braley said in a statement issued after the primary polls closed.  Braley represents Iowa’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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