U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst tweeted out on Wednesday that she raised nearly $1.7 million this last fundraising quarter as she prepares to campaign for re-election in 2020. This will be her first run for re-election since she was elected into office in 2015.
Some analysts predict her race will be competitive, citing negative voter sentiments toward President Donald Trump’s administration and two Iowa congressional seats going blue in 2018, according to Roll Call. As of Jan. 10, Cook Political Report ranked her seat as likely to remain Republican.
In her tweet, Ernst wrote that she has nearly $4.9 million cash on hand with the majority of the money coming from first-time donors. Her leading Democratic competitor, Theresa Greenfield has not released her quarter four numbers yet.
During the third quarter, Greenfield raised $1.7 million, while Ernst raised around $956,000. However, Ernst had more cash on hand, according to the Sioux City Journal.
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