Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) compares hog castration to budget cutting, promising she knows how to "cut pork" in her first TV ad.
Ernst, a state senator and military veteran who is being quietly backed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), is facing a crowded GOP field for the nomination. Self-funding businessman Mark Jacobs (R) has been on the air for months and has led in early primary polls, though that's likely driven by his cash advantage more than anything else.
The ad is initially just running on cable in Des Moines, according to her campaign, but a spokesman says the ad buy will expand in the coming weeks.
Republicans are hopeful they can coalesce around a a candidate and defeat Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) in the fall to win retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) seat.