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U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley to face Ernst in Senate general election

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley will face Republican Joni Ernst in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Harkin.

Braley, who is running for U.S. Senate but was unopposed in the Democratic primary, released the following statement Tuesday night before the Republican nomination was secured:

"My first thoughts tonight are with Iowans affected by the severe storms making their way across the state. I hope Iowans are staying safe.

"As someone who grew up in a working family in Brooklyn, Iowa, worked my way through college and law school here in Iowa, and spent my life representing people from all across our state, I’m deeply honored to win the Democratic nomination for US Senate tonight.

"I look forward to bringing my campaign to all corners of Iowa in the next five months to discuss my vision to improve the lives of working families and expand opportunities for all Iowans.

“No matter who my opponent is, I look forward to a rigorous debate about who can rise above the partisanship of Washington politics and fight for Iowa's working families who need a strong voice in Washington."

Braley is vying to keep U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's seat in Democratic hands. Harkin announced last year he would not seek another term and would retire.

When it was announced that Joni Ernst was the unofficial Republican nominee, Iowa Democratic Party chairman Scott Brennan released the following statement:

"Iowa Democrats are thrilled to have Bruce Braley as our candidate for the important open U.S. Senate seat. Born and raised in Iowa, Bruce has spent his entire life working on behalf of Iowa’s middle class families, and he has brought real results to Iowans during his time in Congress.

"Bruce’s strong record of standing up for Social Security and Medicare, protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard, and working to expand economic opportunities for all Iowans is in sharp contrast to his opponent Joni Ernst, who has proven she would rather stand with the special interests than stand up for Iowans.

"Through our vast and robust grassroots organizing program, Democrats look forward to showing Iowans the clear choice between Bruce Braley, who works for Iowa, and Joni Ernst, who is bought and paid for by oil and Wall Street billionaires."

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