National Review tells how Joni Ernst has given Iowa Democrats fits this year.
Despite an onslaught of negative ads — Democrats have poured over $13 million into the race, compared to $6 million from Republicans — two recent polls show that Ernst has closed a 13-point deficit; the race is now a dead heat. A USA Today/Suffolk University survey showed Braley leading 40.2 percent to 40 percent (a statistically meaningless difference), while Public Policy Polling — a Democratic-leaning pollster — gives Braley a 41–40 lead.
Democrats tried to strangle her candidacy in its infancy, but failed. They began running ads against Ernst as soon as the primary ended; for about 10 days, voters were hearing or seeing only the attack ads, as Ernst wasn’t on TV.
Looks like she'll be making Washington Democrats squeal in 2015.