Tied to Trump fate, Ernst walks tightrope in dead heat Iowa

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 4:02 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has supported Donald Trump throughout his presidency.

As President Trump visits Iowa Wednesday, Ernst is finding her re-election bid tied directly to his in a state where the president’s support has eroded as voters have harshly assessed his handling of the pandemic.

Ernst is locked in a close race against Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.

She is now balancing her support for the president with a more moderate tone as Iowa voters show strong signs of returning to their decades-long swing-state form.

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