Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is throwing her support behind Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), giving her a boost with conservatives in her crowded Senate race.
"Iowa — come together and send this Midwest Mama Grizzly roaring to Washington on her Harley so she can join with the good guys to get our country back on track," she concludes.
Ernst also has 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney's backing and the quiet support of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R). But she has struggled some with fundraising. She's trying to defeat self-funding businessman Mark Jacobs (R) and two other candidates for the chance to face Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyTrump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship Trump's VP list shrinks MORE (D-Iowa) in the fall.
Braley had been assumed to have the edge in the race but looks a lot more vulnerable after video surfaced on Wednesday of him describing Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBusiness groups express support for Branstad nomination 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality Senate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas MORE (R-Iowa) as an "Iowa farmer who never went to law school."