A new Des Moines Register poll in Iowa finds 88-year old Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) leading former Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) in the U.S. Senate race by 18 points in a hypothetical matchup, 55% to 37%.
“Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is under increasing pressure to run for reelection as Democrats look to turn around their recent struggles in Iowa next year,” The Hill reports.
“Republicans have publicly and privately encouraged the 87-year-old Grassley to mount one more campaign, seeing his candidacy as a sure-fire way to lock down the Iowa Senate seat. The party is also eager to avoid another retirement after five of its incumbent senators announced that they will not run for reelection in 2022.”
Former Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) became the first major Democrat to announce a 2022 run for the U.S. Senate seat long held by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Des Moines Register reports.
Said Finkenauer: “On 1/6 the world changed, and so did I. I remember sitting on my couch in Cedar Rapids with my husband as we were watching my former colleagues and my friends get attacked in the United States Capitol… That violent mob, that insurrection, was happening because our country and people were fed misinformation and lies about our elections and democracy, and our senators didn’t push back.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says he will make his decision on whether or not he’s running for reelection between Labor Day and November 1, KYOU reports.
As Iowa Democrats’ top choice for the top of the ticket in 2022, Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) is eyeing a run for the U.S. Senate or Iowa Governor and her Congressional seat — in that order, the Storm Lake Times reports.
However, a staffer later said Axne never indicated a preference, only that “all three options were on the table.”
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott told the Des Moines Register that he’s believes that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) will seek an eighth term in 2022.
Said Scott: “I’m very optimistic that Sen. Grassley’s going to run. Actually, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.”
A new Des Moines Register poll finds 55% hope Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) does not run for U.S. Senate again in 2022, while 28% think he should and another 17% are not sure.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), 87, filed paperwork with the FEC to set up another run for the Senate in 2022.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he expects to make a decision about whether to seek re-election “sometime in September, October or November’ of this year, the Des Moines Register reports.
Said Grassley: “That’s plenty of time to make up my mind. And in the meantime, I’ve got a job working for Iowans. I love my work. I’m working hard.”
Earlier this month, Grassley said a decision would be coming within “several weeks.”
Longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he may decide in a few weeks whether to seek another term in 2022, the DeWitt Observer reports.
Grassley, 87, would be 95 at the end of what would be his eighth term.
Longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) hasn’t announced whether he would seek another term in office in 2022 when he turns 89, but his grandson, Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley (R), told WHO that he expects his grandfather to run again.
Said the younger Grassley: “As I sit here right now, I think my grandfather is going to be running for reelection and I have not been led to believe anything otherwise.”
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved the Iowa U.S. Senate race from Toss-up to Leans Democratic.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) pushed a debunked conspiracy theory that just 6% of people reported dead from the new coronavirus in the U.S. actually died from the disease, according to Iowa Starting Line.
Said Ernst: “They’re thinking there may be 10,000 or less deaths that were actually singularly COVID-19. I’m just really curious. It would be interesting to know that.”
Washington Post: “Ernst’s comments echo conspiracy theories pushed by QAnon followers that have been debunked by doctors and public health experts.”
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has challenged her Democratic opponent Theresa Greenfield to six debates ahead of November’s general election, the latest sign of what is expected to be a tight race in the Hawkeye State, The Hill reports.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) “is running for reelection in what will likely be one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate contests this year. But her campaign has shielded a key bit of financial information from voters and the public: who she’s paying to run her re-election effort, and how much,” the Daily Beast reports.
“Through a subtle accounting maneuver, Ernst’s campaign has for months avoided reporting the names of the campaign staffers on her payroll, how many of those staffers there are, and the extent of payments they’ve received. Instead, the campaign appears to have grouped all of its employees together in large lump-sum payments to a staffing and human resources company it uses to administer its payroll.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Iowa finds Se. Joni Ernst (R) holds only a 47% to 41% lead over likely Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.
Ernst also has a 45% favorable and 43% unfavorable rating from Iowa voters.
Three times in a row yesterday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) dodged questions about whether it’s appropriate for a president to ask a foreign power to investigate a political rival, Iowa Starting Line reports.