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Differing Polls Bring Differing Emotions for Anxious Campaigns

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DES MOINES, Iowa--On Monday, Iowa Democrats found a poll they liked. Iowa Republicans would rather point to a poll from over the weekend.

A Quinnipiac Poll showed Democrat Bruce Braley, a Waterloo congressman, tied with his opponent for the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst, a Red Oak State Senator. But the Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll over the weekend showed Ernst up 7 percent.

Real Clear Politics keeps a running average of polls taken on the race. Those averages show Braley up comfortably in the spring while Republicans were fighting out which one would win the primary. Following the June primary, the candidates were essentially tied. The poll averages went back and forth until late September when Ernst moved ahead for good.

The final RCP average showed Ernst up 1.4 percent.


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