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Theresa Greenfield (D-IA)


Joni Ernst (R-IA)

Project Guardrail: Iowa 2020 Theresa Greenfield vs Joni Ernst

Fresh off a four-way primary race that drew millions in outside spending, Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in Iowa’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, a new September 20th Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. 

“This is definitely a competitive race,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll. She said the poll contains other “warning signs” for Ernst and noted that this is the first Iowa Poll conducted since Ernst first ran in 2014 in which she has trailed her general election opponent.

Democrats need to win a net of three seats to tie the Senate (control would depend on who wins the White House — the vice president determines a 50-50 split) or four seats to take it outright. The party has very promising pick-up opportunities in Colorado and Arizona. Democrats have a tough seat to defend in Alabama. 


Should Democrats retake the seat that Tom Harkin once held, there’s a good chance it will be the final piece to a Democratic majority.

47 Democrats
53 Republicans

We are all in for Theresa Greenfield!


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Cero Gordo




Iowa Senate Election

How we beat Joni Ernst: remember Tom Harkin?

Greenfield has her work cut out for her. Joni Ernst is a darling of a formidable Iowa GOP, and is proving to be a shrewd campaigner, willing to distance herself from Donald Trump when necessary. A successful Iowa strategy will build on those gains, focusing on at least the following areas:


  1. First, Iowa has "no excuse mail-in voting" election which provides Democrats ample opportunity to run up the score with an aggressive absentee and vote-by-mail program targeting liberal strongholds like Johnson County as well as building on gains Democrats made in 2018 across the state.

  2. Second, Democrats need to maximize turnout among voters of color and suburban women in Iowa City and the Des Moines metro area, in particular.

  3. Third, 2018 showed signs of a resurgence of support in rural farm communities located in areas like Worth, Mitchel, and Howard counties. These communities once reliably voted for Democrats like Tom Harkin and have been hit hard by the economic recession. Greenfield needs to build on those gains.

  4. Finally, Democrats need to persuade a significant share of 2016 third-party voters who voted in 2018. Especially, targeting those living in areas with substantial populations like Scott, Linn, Clinton, and Dubuque County.

 Our Plan

We have a leading edge digital campaign program and a COVID-19 'virtual' boots on the ground strategy that we will deploy to key U.S. Senate and battleground states with your support. Click HERE to donate.

Dominate Healthcare

Joni Ernst has a dangerous record on healthcare for Medicaid expanded Iowa, voting to end coverage for 187,000 Iowans, including thousands of farmers and ranchers at a time when they need the help most.

Ernst isn't for Iowa: 

Joni wants the job more than he wants to do the job. She is the worst kind of politician because she will sell her political soul and march locked step with the likes of Donald Trump if she thinks it will better serve her – no profiles in courage here. 

Enhanced Vote-By-Mail: 

We used artificial intelligence to develop a comprehensive support system for vote-by-mail and absentee programs in Iowa which has a no excuse  vote-by-mail program. Help us take advantage of it so we can run up the score.

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Donate to the Iowa Democratic Party!

The Iowa Democratic Party GOTV Program has a proven record in turning out the vote in Iowa. Most recently their efforts included flipping two Congressional Districts in 2018. Their program is aggressive with a key focus on turning out the vote amongst the state's suburban women and voters of color. Please give and give generously so we can turn out the vote for Theresa and other Iowa Democrats!

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Food for Peace Iowa

U.S. Senator George McGovern (D-SD) was a passionate advocate for the poor and most vulnerable among us. George was appointed by President Kennedy to run his Food for Peace initiative where he founded the World Food Programme in 1962. We admire George for his commitment to feeding the hungry. Please make a gift to the Food Bank of Iowa in his honor:

Food Bank of Iowa: 

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Food Bank of Iowa: 

2220 E 17th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

Food Bank of Iowa Number: 

(515) 564-0330

US Senator George McGovern

Senator George McGovern

(First Director, Food for Peace Program)

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