It’s a good time to run for office in Iowa: meet Queen Joni

By Gabriel Debenedetti IOWA CITY Iowa (Reuters) – Most Republicans running in tight U.S. Senate races in November’s midterm elections can rely on campaign endorsements from a few national figures. But most Republicans are not Joni Ernst. More importantly, most Republican Senate candidates are not running in Iowa, the influential swing state that kicks off the presidential nominating race. Potential 2016 contenders have flocked to Iowa for months, looking to exert as much influence – and gather as many favors – as possible. …

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