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SCF Endorses Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate Primary
The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 25, 2014 | Eliana Johnson

Posted on 04/25/2014 3:48:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Senate Conservatives Fund is wading into Iowa’s contested Republican Senate primary, endorsing state senator Joni Ernst in the race to fill the seat of retiring senator Tom Harkin.

“There are other good candidates in this race, but Joni Ernst stands above the rest,” SCF executive director Matt Hoskins said in a statement. “She’s a principled conservative, she has strong grassroots support in the state, and she can win this race if she gets her message out. If elected, Joni Ernst will fight to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare, and balance the budget.”

Ernst is currently locked in a four-way battle for the GOP nomination, but is leading the pack along with businessman Mark Jacobs. She has managed to gain backing forces associated with the party’s establishment and conservative wings: both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin have lined up behind her.

The primary is set for June 3, but if no candidate gains 35 percent of the vote, the nominee will be chosen at the Iowa GOP convention over the summer.

The Republican nominee will face congressman Bruce Braley, who is running uncontested on the Democratic side. Braley brought attention to the race when video surfaced last month showing him at a private fundraiser mocking six-term senator Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.” His future GOP challenger will surely seize on those remarks.


TOPICS: Iowa; Campaign News; Issues; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: ernst; iowa; joniernst; palin

1 posted on 04/25/2014 3:48:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I liked Clovis, but I think Ernst has a better shot.


2 posted on 04/25/2014 3:51:30 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

The fact that Mitt Romney endorsed her makes me suspect. I love the SCF, but they have made their share of mistakes (see Jeff Flake).


3 posted on 04/25/2014 3:58:24 PM PDT by teg_76
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t you believe it! I think she has very little chance at getting the nomination. Her record of missing votes in the state legislature is not too impressive. She’s not as conservative as at least 2-3 other candidates. She rarely answers questions and has not attended debates/forums. She and Mark Jacobs would be my bottom two choices, at this point. Fiscal conservatives? Perhaps. But, I’m certainly not convinced as to how socially conservative they are. And, in Iowa, like I imagine, a lot of places, social conservatives are getting tired of this dog and pony show of how “pro-life” or “pro-traditional marriage” some of these candidates are, and then once elected, do nothing to oppose, and in some cases, give support to the liberal viewpoint.

Sam Clovis seems to be the one who is giving the clearest, most sound conservative answers to questions posed to him. I’d place Matt Whitaker second. But, as often is the case, money, not principle, is what speaks loudest. With that being the case, my concerns are with Mark Jacobs getting the nomination. I think the best hope of nominating a solid, all around conservative, is if none of the U.S. Senate candidates garners at least 35% of the primary vote. If that is the case, it goes to the convention for a vote of the delegates. Then, all bets are off, and we could possibly get a conservative nominee, yet!


4 posted on 04/25/2014 6:27:26 PM PDT by Catholic Iowan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sadly, I think this one is going to convention. Joni didn’t break out at the IPTV debate last nite. Nor did anyone else really. Don’t see anyone getting 35% at this point.


5 posted on 04/25/2014 8:04:21 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am hoping that Joni Ernst gets at least 35% in the primary. Otherwise the GOPe will be in a position to manipulate things at this summer’s GOP convention and arrange for THEIR candidate Mark Jacobs to get the nomination. The last thing we need is yet another establishment “accommodationist” in the Senate. We need fewer RINOs there, not more.


6 posted on 04/27/2014 5:16:38 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides

Just sent her $20 bucks I really couldn’t spare.


7 posted on 04/27/2014 5:19:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If elected, Joni Ernst will fight to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare, and balance the budget.”


She is the real deal although I get tired of candidates making platitudes that are not possible. I like several of our primary candidates.


8 posted on 04/27/2014 5:27:24 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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