Why Is Joni Ernst Missing Newspaper Endorsement Interviews, and Why Are Democrats So Happy About It?

Bruce Braley's hopes in Iowa are buoyed as the GOP's narrow frontrunner dodges the press.

Iowa Democrats have a media problem. They've had one for months.  The unwelcome label of "gaffe-prone" has been attached to their U.S. Senate candidate, Bruce Braley, ever since a supporter (seriously a supporter!) uploaded video of him degrading Senator Chuck Grassley as a "farmer from Iowa" unfit to lead the Judiciary Committee. Republicans have cheerfully steered the narrative of the race since then, in which state Senator Joni Ernst is a thrilling, unifying candidate and Braley can't stop stepping on rakes.

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