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Joni Ernst (16482413199)
Ernst, the Republican candidate.

The 2014 United States Senate election in Iowa took place in Iowa on November 4, 2014. In it, Republican State Senator Joni Ernst faced off Democrat Bruce Baley. Ernst won the election with 52.1% of the vote to Baley's 43.8%.


Baley's campaign raised slightly more money than Ernst's. His campaign also spent a lot more of that money, spending $10 million, while Ernst's spent $6.6 million.

Three Debates

Three televised debates were set to occur, one in Des Moines, one in Davenport and one in Sioux City.

Republican Primaries

Joni Ernst

State Senator Joni Ernst ran in the primaries. She won all but eight of the counties in Iowa in the primaries, and 56.1% of the vote.

Mark Jacobs

C.E.O. Mark Jacobs ran in the primaries. He won just one county in North Iowa, and 16.8% of the vote.

Sam Clovis

Radio host Sam Clovis ran in the primaries. He won seven counties in Northwest Iowa, and 18.0% of the vote.

Steve King

Congressman Steve King decided against running.

Matthew Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker, an attorney, ran, but did not win any counties, and carried just 7.5% of the vote.

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