NEW: Inside Elections Names Iowa’s U.S. Senate Race a “Toss-Up”

Second “Toss-Up” rating in one week cites Theresa’s record-breaking Q2 fundraising, public polling showing her leading Ernst

Inside Elections today became the latest nonpartisan expert to shift its rating for Iowa’s U.S. Senate race in Democrats’ direction, from “Lean Republican” to “Toss-Up.”

In his analysis of the race, Nathan Gonzales cites businesswoman Theresa Greenfield’s grassroots momentum and record-breaking fundraising, noting that Senator Joni Ernst’s re-election campaign “is looking particularly complicated” after “a post-primary survey by the most respected nonpartisan pollster in the state showed Ernst down a couple points” and “Greenfield reported raising $6 million in the full second quarter.”

“Theresa set out to do a job — to defeat Senator Ernst and put Iowans first in the U.S. Senate — and today’s ratings change is proof that Theresa is getting the job done,” said Greenfield for Iowa spokesperson Izzi Levy. “As Senator Ernst pays the price for her failed record of gutting health care, devastating Iowa’s farm economy, and voting against paid sick leave and other measures to protect Iowans during the coronavirus pandemic, Theresa has been working around the clock to meet and listen to Iowans virtually in every corner of the state. This ratings change is the latest sign that Iowans are ready for new leadership.”

Inside Elections follows Politico as the second nonpartisan election forecaster this week to shift Iowa’s U.S. Senate race to “Toss-Up.” The new ratings change also comes after Theresa announced a historic second-quarter fundraising haul of more than $6 million — the most ever for a Democrat running for U.S. Senate 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.