State Senator Joni Ernst, of Red Oak, cruised to a win in a crowded Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, beating four competitors. With the victory, Ernst became the first woman Iowans elected to become a U.S. Senate nominee. Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress or to become governor, one of only two states to share that history.
Ernst told Channel 13 she always felt she could win the race. Before the polls closed, she did say she wanted to make sure her supporters didn't get complacent and stay home, thinking that she would have a wide enough margin for victory. In the end, that margin of victory was far greater than some of her closest supporters imagined.