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IOWA FIRST: 1 On 1 With History-Making Joni Ernst

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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.




  • Paige Everly

    Ever hear of Roxanne Conlin or Jean Lloyd-Jones? You all should really check your facts.

  • Scott

    And maybe you should learn to read before you reply. The article said specifically “Ernst became the first woman Iowans elected to become a U.S. Senate nominee”.

    Roxanne Conlin was United States Attorney for the southern district of Iowa, ran for Gov. and lost in 1982, and ran and lost to Chuck Grassley in 2010.

    Jean Lloyd-Jones ran and lost to Chuck Grassley in 1992.

    Thus, their statement is wholly correct and you come off looking like a moron for making a rude, ignorant, and false remark.

    • Riley

      I don’t understand. If Conlin ran against Grassley in 2010 in the Senate race, wouldn’t she have been the first female US Senate nominee?

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