DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State Sen. Joni Ernst overwhelmed her Republican rivals in Iowa after uniting rival wings of the party, and will challenge Rep. Bruce Braley this fall for a Senate seat long in Democratic hands.
Official campaign statement:
“I’m proud of the campaign we ran, but I’m also proud of all the energy and passion so many thousands of Iowans put into this race,” Ernst said. “Because at the end of the day, we’re all working to make our state and our nation the very best it can be. Whether you voted for me today, or someone else, I promise you, I will work every single day to earn your trust and your support.”
Ernst went on to thank her supporters, “In this campaign, we had some of the most passionate and dedicated supporters I could ask for. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Finally, Ernst said, “This campaign will come down to a very simple choice: OUR shared Iowa values, versus Bruce Braley’s liberal Washington values.”
Tomorrow, she will begin a statewide tour along with Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds. Following the conclusion of the tour, Joni will report for Iowa National Guard Duty.