Want to help kick Iowa Republican Joni Ernst out of the Senate this November?
Ernst has voted with Trump 91% of the time, which is far more than one would expect from a Senator in a purplish state. Those votes include ones to dismantle the Affordable Care Act; consequential as healthcare has emerged as a hugely important issue for Iowans. Let’s not forget the time she told a libertarian group that she would be in favor of directing Iowan officials to arrest anyone who tried to implement Obamacare.
Her voting pattern is also in stark contrast to how Ernst won her Senate seat back in 2014 which was by presenting herself as independent-minded and ready to “shake up Washington.”
Also, Trump’s tariffs have hit Iowa’s agricultural industry hard and she’s heard a lot of complaints from voters at her town halls on the subject.
Ernst’s polling doesn’t look great for a sitting Senator. In December, she only held a 45% favorable rating from Iowa voters which is well underwater from where her polling has been in the past. Trump’s polling is also a factor–he’s only running 45%-48% in Iowa these last few months. The race is currently rated between Lean or Likely Republican.
Theresa Greenfield won the Democratic primary and will face Ernst in November. Greenfield has looked very strong in the early polling and Ernst’s race has become increasingly competitive.
But as shaky as it looks for Ernst, we should not make the mistake of assuming the seat will flip. Flipping an incumbent is not easy, and the Republicans are eager to keep Ernst in the Senate as she is one of the very few Republican women in Congress. Also, recall that Trump won Iowa by 9 points in 2016. It’ll take a lot of us working together to make sure a Democrat flips this Senate seat.
How you can help the Democrats flip this Senate seat
No surprise, it’s going to take good old fashioned organizing and investment.
1. Support Theresa Greenfield’s campaign. You can make a donation HERE. This is important because Mitch McConnell is pouring money into the state in an effort to save this seat. Sign up to volunteer HERE. Follow her on Twitter HERE and amplify her messages.
2. Help with voter registration drives in the state. As one idea, share Rock the Vote’s voter registration page for Iowa (HERE) on your social media pages.
3. Support the Iowa Democratic party. Donate to them, ask them how you can help with voter registration drives, or boosting the number of volunteers they have to help with campaigns.
4. Are you in Iowa? Volunteer to help flip this Senate seat! Swing Left is one of many organizations that is organizing in Iowa, and they need volunteer. Sign up to let them know you want to volunteer!
5. Support Iowa’s League of Women Voters. They organize voter registration drives and have events to inform and connect voters with the candidates.
Do you have other ideas of how we can help Theresa Greenfield win this Senate seat, particularly ideas for folks outside the state who want to help? If so, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
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If you live out of state you might be able to work a phone bank.
Thank you, Alan. I plan to update all the Senate posts later in the year—to update the candidates and additional ways to get out the vote. I will definitely include phone and text banking.
If you are in Iowa, join your local Indivisible group. You can find your local group by using this website: https://www.indivisibleiowa.us/local-chapters/
Thanks for the link, Cindy!
We need to make sure we’re turning out Latino and African American voters, as well as populist-minded white working class and rural Iowans. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund is doing amazing work on the front.
People can donate to them at
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