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Iowa’s Ernst goes back to the hogs

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) AP

Joni Ernst has gone back to the hogs in these final days of her U.S. Senate campaign in Iowa.

Ernst, a Republican in a close race with Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, is standing in a hog pen in her latest ad. “Too many typical politicians hogging, wasting and full of...” she says of Washington. The camera quickly pans to the hog expressing his view.

Ernst is going back to familiar territory. These are the same hogs who appeared with her in an ad before the Republican primary, an ad credited with catapulting her to an unexpectedly big win.

In the first ad, which became a YouTube sensation, Ernst talked about she grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, and had experience cutting pork.

Braley had his own little trouble Tuesday. First Lady Michelle Obama, appearing in Iowa City, referred to him as a candidate for governor, according to a transcript. The White House later corrected that transcript.

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