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U.S. Senate race in Iowa grabs national attention

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - "The problem with Washington is that it's full of liberals like Bruce Braley," said Joni Ernst during Tuesday night's victory speech.

Ernst wasted no time slamming her opponent for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat. Minutes after sweeping in 56 percent of the votes and winning the Republican nomination, Ernst took jabs at Congressman Bruce Braley.

"We have very different visions for the future of Iowa and voters are going to have sharp contrasts between where we stand on a host of issues," said Braley.

Political analysts expect the race for U.S. Senate in Iowa this year to make national headlines.

They say the outcome of the U.S. Senate race could help sway the balance of power in the U.S. Senate -- currently controlled by Democrats -- which is why it's expected to attract national attention from special interest groups.

Political analysts also say the outcome could change the history of our state if Ernst wins the election because she could be the first woman elected to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate which is something that's never happened.

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