2020 Iowa Senate race


3 scholars explain Senate results in South Carolina, Iowa and Arizona – and what they say about voters

BY: , and - November 7, 2020

The past few election cycles have seen notable geographical shifts in voting. Rural voters – already a bedrock of GOP support – have supported the party by wider margins. The 2018 midterms, meanwhile, showed the suburbs increasingly turning blue. Going into this year’s general election, political observers wanted to know: Would these trends persist in […]


To rebuild, Iowa Democrats have to fill their leadership vacuum

BY: - November 4, 2020

Where have you gone, Tom Harkin? Iowa Democrats turn their lonely eyes to you. Woo woo woo. There are a lot of reasons why a year when everything seemed to be going Democrats’ way — a record turnout, the most unpopular president in recent history, a raging pandemic without competent management by the state or […]

Still deciding how to vote? Here’s a guide to Iowa Capital Dispatch election reporting

BY: - November 3, 2020

In case you need to do a little cramming before you vote, here’s a roundup of race overviews, issue closeups, debate stories and more from Iowa Capital Dispatch: Presidential race   Trump to Iowa voters: Coronavirus vaccine is a few short weeks away Biden criticizes the ‘stable genius’ Trump at Des Moines campaign rally Biden […]

Struggle for control of the U.S. Senate enters its final tense hours

BY: - October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have a shot at winning the White House, capturing the Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House — an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for years. In the Senate, the clearest route to that outcome is through […]

COVID-19 and health care become top priorities in Senate race as Iowans look to Congress for aid

BY: - October 28, 2020

As Iowa has remained one of the nation’s top COVID-19 hot spots for weeks in a row, the federal government’s response to the pandemic has risen as one of the central issues U.S. Senate candidates Joni Ernst and Theresa Greenfield talk about. From unemployment benefits to workforce protections, the virus has raised general awareness to […]


Ernst works to appeal to female voters by holding up Judge Barrett as a trailblazer like RBG

BY: - October 19, 2020

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, one of two Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, worked last week during confirmation hearings to portray Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a trailblazer and role model for women. Ernst brought up comparisons between the conservative Barrett and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who championed women’s rights […]

Senate debate: Amid technical glitches, candidates differ on racial issues

BY: - October 15, 2020

The last Senate debate between U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield was marred by technical difficulties, chopped-up answers and candidates unable to hear questions. Less than a month before the general election, Ernst and Greenfield debated from remote locations as they tried to sway voters in one of the country’s most competitive […]

Judge orders FEC to act on complaint against nonprofit group associated with Ernst

BY: - October 14, 2020

A district court judge ruled the Federal Election Commission must act on a complaint filed by an election watchdog against a political nonprofit group related to Sen. Joni Ernst’s re-election campaign. On Wednesday, District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the FEC to act on the complaint against Iowa Values, a political nonprofit working to re-elect […]

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Ernst, Greenfield each call for apologies during second U.S. Senate debate

BY: - October 3, 2020

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield asked each other to apologize Saturday during their second televised debate. Ernst did. Greenfield didn’t. The moment came toward the end of an hour-long debate in which the candidates also clashed on health care. WHO-TV moderator Dave Price offered the candidates a chance to ask each […]

In heated first debate, Ernst and Greenfield clash on vacant court seat, mask mandate

BY: - September 28, 2020

In their first televised debate, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield sparred over the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation vote and argued over the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and criminal justice reform. Several times during the debate, the exchanges became heated enough that “Iowa Press” host and moderator David Yepsen […]

Coastal donors plow cash into Iowa campaigns

BY: - April 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Last fall, Peter Baldwin, a history professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, sent a campaign contribution to a congressional hopeful two time zones away. Iowa Democrat J. D. Scholten, who narrowly lost his 2018 bid to unseat 4th District Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, announced last August that he would take […]

Iowa Democratic and GOP party chairs spar over health care

BY: - March 5, 2020

The chairmen of the state Democratic and Republican parties held dueling news conferences Thursday to highlight what they both say will be a central issue in the race for U.S. Senate: health care. Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Mark Smith scheduled a tour around the state to discuss Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s voting record on […]