Ernst launches GOP Senate bid with 6-city trip

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — A Republican candidate for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat is launching her campaign with a six-city tour.

State Sen. Joni Ernst announced last week she would seek the GOP nomination for the Senate seat held for decades by Democrat Tom Harkin, who decided not to seek re-election.

The 43-year-old Ernst will start her initial campaign trip Wednesday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse in her hometown of Red Oak. She’ll continue with stops Wednesday and Thursday in Waukee, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Davenport.

Other Republicans seeking the nomination include former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, Sioux City talk show host Sam Clovis, attorney Paul Lunde and David Young, a former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley.

On the Democratic side U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley is his party’s only candidate.

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