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Joni Ernst endorsed by Sarah Palin for U.S. Senate

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United States Senate candidate Joni Ernst is getting endorsed by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.

The endorsement comes after a political ad promoting Ernst gained national attention.

The ad, released Tuesday, says that Ernst’s experiences growing up on a pig farm in Iowa and castrating hogs will help her “cut the pork” in Washington.

Palin endorsed the Republican State Senator on her Facebook page on Wednesday, saying, "Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her 'pork cutting' skills to the Iowa State Senate where she has been a champion for life, small government, and lower taxes – voting for the largest tax cut in Iowa history."

Palin went on to say, "She’s been a fighter for freedom both in and out of uniform. 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!"

In a statement replying to Palin's endorsement, Ernst said, "I'm proud to stand with the Mama Grizzly against big spenders in Washington like Bruce Braley and Nancy Pelosi. Sarah Palin is an inspiration to those of us who want to protect life, defend the Second Amendment, and get Washington out of our wallets."

Ernst went on to add, "As our campaign builds energy toward a primary win in June, Sarah Palin's roaring support will help me to victory, and as a result, make 'em squeal in Washington."

Ernst is one of five candidates running to secure the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.

The winner of that primary will face U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat, in the general election.

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