statewide, senator Joni Ernst was the winner of the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate Seat. Ernst defeated fellow challengers Mark Jacobs, Matt Whitaker, Sam Clovis, and Scott Schaben. Following the victory, Ernst immediately went on the offensive of her opponent this November
If she wins election to the Senate, Ernst would become the first Iowa woman elected to Congress. Also, incumbent Terry Branstad easily defeated challenger Tom Hoefling in his effort to seek re-election as Iowa governor. Branstad will face democrat Jack Hatch, who was unopposed.