IA-Sen: Democrats Are Aiming To Take Away Joni Ernst's (R) Rural Support

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A new advocacy group focused on supporting Democrats in rural America will funnel $1 million into television and radio ads targeting Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.

The group, One Country Fund, is the new advocacy arm of the One Country Project, founded by Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. The Iowa ad buy is its first investment.

“Iowa is a place we can prove that these kinds of messages can bring back rural voters,” Heitkamp said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “And the more we can kind of move the needle and and make the case that with the right policies — and with the right exposure for the wrong policies and the wrong ideas — that we can in fact win back those voters that would return, time after time, people like (former Iowa Sen.) Tom Harkin to the United States Senate.”

By the way, talk about an attack blowing up in your face:

Iowa Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield raised $132,000 by highlighting her dog Ringo after Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) accused Greenfield of “hiding in the basement” with him.

On a call with supporters, Ernst said that while she was discussing economic issues with constituents, Greenfield had been “hiding in her basement taking selfies with her dog Ringo,” as first reported by the blog Caffeinated Thoughts.

Greenfield’s campaign fundraised off of the remark, pairing the audio of Ernst with video of the five-year-old rescue dog. Thousands of Twitter users tweeted the hashtag #IStandWithRingo. The campaign also put Ringo’s image in advertising and a donation email. The result was the campaign’s best single fundraising day for all of July, according to the Des Moines Register.

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