Ernst ‘inching ahead’ in Iowa Senate race

Six days to go till the election and Iowa Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst is “inching ahead among likely voters” in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll Wednesday.

Ernst “closing in on Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat,” said Peter Brown, assistant poll director. He found she has “the momentum with less than a week left in the campaign.”

He added "Nothing is for sure, but one would certainly rather be in her shoes this morning than Braley's.”

Ernst has opened up a 49 to 45 percent lead over Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley. More than nine of 10 likely voters who name a Senate candidate said their mind is made up.

Ernst got a boost from independent voters, who give her a 9 percentage point edge, and is doing better with men than Braley is doing with women.

And, said Brown, “In what was a strongly negative campaign, she emerged from the mud-slinging with voters liking her a bit more, usually an advantage that tends to translate into votes."