Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Republican Joni Ernst

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The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) has endorsed Republican Joni Ernst in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, the Weekly Standard reports.

Matt Hoskins, SCF executive director, said in an email:

As a state senator, Joni Ernst has worked to limit government and promote economic growth. She helped pass the largest tax cut in the history of the state, which will return more than $4.4 billion in property tax relief to Iowa taxpayers over the next decade.

As a soldier, Joni Ernst commanded the largest battalion in Iowa and served as a company commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom where her unit was tasked with running convoys through Kuwait and into southern Iraq.

Joni Ernst believes that Washington politicians have ignored the Constitution and abandoned the principles that make America great.

If elected to the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst will fight to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare, and balance the budget.

Ernst has also secured endorsements from former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

A recent Washington Free Beacon poll found that Ernst holds a slight lead in the crowded GOP primary for the Senate race. Ernst received 22.5 percent support from likely Iowa voters, while wealthy businessman Mark Jacobs garnered 20.4 percent.

The winner will face Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa), a former trial lawyer, in the general election.