The Iowa Gazette reports:
Republican Joni Ernst, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Iowa, on Tuesday became the first woman reelected to that federal post after surviving a scare by edging out Democrat Theresa Greenfield in a hard-fought and expensive 2020 political slugfest.
With 86 percent of 1,661 precincts reporting, Ernst, 50, a retired soldier who previously served as a county auditor and state senator, polled 50.6 percent of the vote en route to a second six-year Senate term.
Greenfield, 57, a Des Moines businesswoman making her first bid for statewide elective office, had garnered 46.4 percent in unofficial results.
BREAKING: Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is projected to defeat Democrat Theresa Greenfield in the race for U.S. Senate, according to WHO 13 Insider Jerry Crawford. pic.twitter.com/ulsBfxmT8c
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