Ernst Wins Iowa Primary, Avoids Run Off
June 3, 2014

Joni Ernst has won the Iowa Republican Senate primary with greater than 35 percent of the vote, clinching her party’s nomination, The Associated Press reports. Ernst, a state senator, avoids the nomination being decided at a state party convention later this month.

With 24 percent of precincts reporting, Ernst was at 53 percent, well clear of both the 35-percent threshold and her closest rival, radio talk show host Sam Clovis, who was at 19 percent.

Ernst will face Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a hotly-contested race in November.