Here’s the latest news today out of Iowa:

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s approval rating has fallen among all Iowans as she begins mounting her re-election campaign, but a plurality of Iowa voters say they would definitely vote to re-elect her.

According to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, Ernst’s approval rating has slipped from a high point of 57% in February 2019 to 47% today.

Still, 41% of likely voters say they would definitely vote to re-elect her if the election were held today, while 31% say they would definitely vote to elect someone else. Another 20% say they would consider voting for someone else, 3% say they would not vote and 6% are unsure.

Ernst, a freshman Republican from Red Oak, was the first Iowa woman elected to Congress, defeating Democrat Bruce Braley in 2014. She will be on the ballot in November in a marquee race that could become a key target for Democrats looking to retake the Senate. It has already been the focus of millions of dollars of outside spending.

Elections analysts rate the race as “leaning Republican.” But the campaigning is only just taking off in earnest after presidential campaigns sucked up much of Iowa’s political oxygen in the year leading up to the February 2020 caucuses.

The poll of 800 Iowa adults, which includes 667 likely voters, was conducted by Selzer & Co., March 2-5. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for Iowa adults and plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for likely voters.

They didn’t test head to head competition against any of the Democrats but Theresa Greenfield (D.  IA) is the best known Democrat in the race. Click below to donate or get involved with any of the Democrats running in the campaign:

Theresa Greenfield

Kimberly Graham

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