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Iowa Senate race has mudslinging, but no meat

Iowa Senate race has mudslinging, but no meat

With a now-famous ad in which she boasted of her prowess as a hog castrator, Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst rode to victory in the Republican primary for the seat of Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who is retiring at the end of the year. Ernst promised that if she makes it to Washington, those animal husbandry skills will be put to the service of her constituents and the nation. "I'll know how to cut pork," she said in the ad. "Let's make 'em squeal." She's now running neck and neck with the Democratic candidate, three-term Rep. Bruce Braley, in a race that could determine which party will control the Senate. How could an ad that cost the Ernst...

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