Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will headline a SHE-PAC rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 27th for conservative Iowa Senate candidate Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), who has taken a two-point lead over a liberal Republican businessman who had been leading before Palin endorsed Ernst.
The rally at the Hy-Vee Conference Center will feature Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), Iowa’s Lieutenant Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Kay Orr, the former Nebraska governor who was the country’s first Republican female governor. It will likely also make it difficult for Democrats to use the “war on women” card in Iowa.
State Senator Ernst gained national recognition for a commercial about castrating hogs, which even made it to The Tonight Show.
Bold conservative castrates pigs – $9000
Wishy-washy politicians flood airwaves with predictable ads touting status quo (which needs castration) – $1,000,000
Latest poll results – priceless
The Republican establishment spent millions backing Jon Bruning, while Washington’s conservative establishment, including Freedom Works, spent millions backing Don Stenberg. But after Palin wrote a 135-word Facebook post to endorse Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), the then-unknown candidate suddenly had “momentum, buzz, and name identification” and rocketed to the top of the polls en route to wins in the primary and general election.
Ernst wants to follow Fischer’s path to Washington.
Republicans need to gain six seats to win back control of the Senate. The nominee will have a better chance to win in Iowa since the GOP opposition research group America Rising released a video of Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), the Democrat who will run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), “denigrating Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) at a fundraiser with trial lawyers from Texas as just a ‘farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.'”
The Iowa GOP Senate primary is June 3rd, and if a candidate does not surpass the 35% threshold, the nominee will be chosen at a convention.