NEW: Cook Political Report Shifts Iowa Senate Race In Democrats’ Direction, Citing Ernst’s Double-Digit Drop, “Opening” for Greenfield

Majority of likely Iowa voters “definitely” or “would consider” voting for someone new, creating an “opening for a Democrat, likely businesswoman Theresa Greenfield”

The Cook Political Report is shifting Iowa’s U.S. Senate race in Democrats’ direction, from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.” Here are the key points from their ratings-change analysis:

  • A Des Moines Register poll earlier this month from respected Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer found that Ernst’s approval has dipped 10 points in the past year… 
  • …just 41% of likely voters said they would definitely vote to re-elect Ernst, 31% said they would definitely vote to elect someone else with another 20% saying they would consider voting for someone else. That shows there is an opening for a Democrat, likely businesswoman Theresa Greenfield…

While Senator Joni Ernst saw her approval fall by double-digits since last year, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield continues to gain grassroots momentum. She outraised Senator Ernst in the second half of last year, and has received more than 9,000 contributions from Iowans in all 99 counties. Theresa has been endorsed by dozens of Iowa leaders and local unions representing more than 65,000 Iowans, and earlier this month qualified for the ballot with over 20,000 signatures, including from every county in Iowa.

In addition to postponing in-person events, the Greenfield for Iowa campaign is taking precautions by having all staff work remotely and encouraging social distancing practices at all times. For more information on Iowa’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website.