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Will Barrett Confirmation Help or Hurt Iowa's Sen. Ernst?

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U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) speaks during a news conference following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

By Tuesday, 27 October 2020 08:10 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As Amy Coney Barrett takes the oath of office Tuesday as the 115th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Iowa prognosticators are now wondering how her confirmation battle will impact on Joni Ernst — the Hawkeye State’s embattled Republican senator and a strong supporter of Barrett on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Will conservatives rally to the senator for supporting fellow Midwesterner Barrett, whom polls showed to be increasingly popular as her testimony continued?

Or will the entire Barrett scenario turn out big liberal money and support to defeat Ernst for supporting a Trump nominee to the high court on the election’s eve?

No one is quite sure.

Right now, the latest polls show the race a toss-up. A just-completed RMG Research poll shows liberal Democrat and Des Moines businesswoman Theresa Greenfield leading the conservative Ernst by 46 to 43 percent among likely voters statewide.

This poll came days after an Opinion Insight Survey showed Ernst edging Greenfield 45 to 44 percent.

“The Senate race is a total toss up,” former Polk County (Des Moines) Republican Chairman Kim Schmett told Newsmax. “After several very difficult weeks, Joni finally appears to be getting some effective television messaging which hopefully will not be lost in the obscene amount of media being purchased by all federal campaigns in Iowa”

Schmett and other Republican activists were critical of the Ernst TV spots produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and several independent groups

In Schmett’s view, “this is very ironic since her first primary and general election victories could be attributed to her uniquely outstanding media such as the ‘Make em Squeal’ ad [in which the she recalls her childhood on a farm learning to castrate pigs and vows to do the same in Washington].

“Joni personally is working hard but has not been well supported.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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