Joni Ernst – Mother, Grandmother, Soldier, Conservative
Her first ad “Squeal” garnered national attention.
Ernst is now leading the field in the Iowa Senate race.
The Free Beacon reported:
Iraq War veteran Joni Ernst emerged as the Republican frontrunner this week in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa).
Ernst, who served as a company commander in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and is a mother of three, gained a slight advantage over the other four candidates for the GOP Senate nomination in a Suffolk University poll.
Ernst has 25 percent support among likely primary goers, followed closely by wealthy businessman Mark Jacobs with 23 percent. The other three candidates received less than 10 percent, while 40 percent are still undecided for the June 3 primary.
Ernst has portrayed herself as a candidate who could unite grassroots conservatives in Iowa with the GOP establishment. She has secured key endorsements from both of those Republican factions, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She would also be the first woman elected in Iowa to either the governorship or Congress.