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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Thursday, October 16:

• As other Republican candidates try to distance themselves as far as possible from their past support for fetal personhood bills, Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst is making the opposite play. On Wednesday, she told the Sioux City Journal editorial board that “I will continue to stand by” a pledge to support a personhood bill if she is elected to the Senate. As MSNBC’s Steve Benen points out, this amounts to a flip-flop-flip on the issue (although Benen suspects that Ernst may not fully understand the controversial policy). Ernst continues to lead Democrat Bruce Braley by 2 percent in the Real Clear Politics poll average.

• Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner is also struggling with his past support for personhood. Democratic incumbent Mark Udall’s campaign has been circulating this brutal clip from the candidates’ last debate, in which the moderator tells the Republican congressman that “a charitable interpretation would be that you have a difficult time admitting when you’re wrong, and a less charitable interpretation would be that you’re not telling us the truth.” Still, polls continue to show Gardner building on his narrow lead, and he now holds a 3 percent advantage in the poll average.

• Another poll suggests that Democrats have a real chance in Georgia’s tight gubernatorial and senatorial elections. The new survey from WRBL finds Republican governor Nathan Deal tied with Democratic challenger Jason Carter at 44 percent. In the Senate contest, Democrat Michelle Nunn leads Republican David Perdue 46 to 45 percent, within the poll’s margin of error. Deal and Perdue’s leads in the poll average are down to 2 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively, and a runoff appears increasingly likely in both races.

• Mayday PAC, the outside group that seeks to limit the influence of money in politics, released a new ad touting South Dakota Senate candidate Rick Weiland’s support for expanding Social Security. The ad is likely meant to contrast the Democrat with Independent candidate Larry Pressler, who is struggling with his past support for cutting Social Security benefits.

• And new polling suggests that Democrats may have an ace in the hole to save them in several tight races: raising the federal minimum wage.

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  • FireBaron

    Democrat comes out in favor of raising the Federal minimum wage is a great ploy. It is difficult for Republicans to counter it, considering that, even though their contributors are relatively unaffected by the FMW, the vast majority of their voters are minimum wage workers conned into believing the people who keep their wages down are doing what is best for them.

    • Allan Richardson

      If the lower the minimum wage is, the more jobs there are, then make it zero, and there will be an infinite demand for FREE labor! Oh wait, we tried that up till 1865, and I think it caused a few problems …

  • highpckts

    Personhood bill?? This nut job needs to go! If her constituents don’t see her for what she is, then they deserve her! The problem is, she will set a precedent that will cause problems in other states!

  • iowasteve

    Joni wants to eliminate the FMW all together. What an idiot! Her anti ethanol policy will but the screws to all of those farmers here in Iowa that she has conned into believing she’s the greatest and they (I thought farmers were smarter than average) are too dumb to see what her plans are to destroy the family farms! Big business supports this witch who is going to increase their cost of doing business in Iowa by raising fuel prices! And her policies will put literally tens of thousands of Iowans OUT OF WORK! She is not a job creator, she is a job killer and I can’t understand why Brailey isn’t going after her for what she is rather than arguing about her ridiculous comments about his chicken dispute, which is the dumbest thing for h er to spout off about. She claims he can’t work with the other side if he can’t get along with his neighbor – does she really believe she will work with the other side if she gets elected??? I don’t think so since she isn’t even willing to budge on abortion for those who get raped!!!! She is bad for Iowa and bad for the rest of the US so all of you need to be concerned about this nut-job getting elected!

  • angryspittle

    It is a true testament to the absolute stupidity of the Iowa voter that this goddamn lunatic is even on the ballot.

  • But she looks so hot…

    • and she castrates fat pigs and promises to bring those skills to Worstington. Surely that’s reason enough to call her Shirley.