Ernst Outraises Braley in Tight Iowa Senate Race

The conservative Republican took in nearly two million dollars more than her Democratic rival.

Republican Joni Ernst, running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa, speaks with an attendee during a campaign stop in Muscatine, Iowa, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. In Iowa, where a woman never has been elected to the U.S. Senate or governor, Republicans think their female candidate, Ernst, will enable them to reduce the gender gap.

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Republican Joni Ernst may be peaking at just the right time. With polls showing Ernst having taken the lead in her race with Democrat Bruce Braley, new fundraising figures reported by both campaigns show that the conservative Republican raked in nearly two million dollars more than her opponent. 

In the third quarter, Ernst will report raising $4.5 million, the Des Moines Register reported, while Braley took in $2.7 million. In the second quarter money race, Ernst edged out Braley, raising $1.78 million to his $1.7 million. 

This quarter's larger cash infusion will be used, in the final month of what has proven a too-close-to-call race that could well decide which party wins the Senate,  to blanket Iowa's airwaves with, what else, more political ads.

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