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Analysts: U.S. Senate debate maintained status quo

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The hotly contested race for U.S. Senate in Iowa saw its first debate Sunday.

Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley squared off at Simpson College in Indianola.

It comes on the heels of a new Iowa Poll released by the Des Moines Register.

That poll shows Republican candidate Ernst leading by 6 percentage points over Democrat Braley.

The 2 went head-to-head Sunday in a debate sponsored by the Des Moines Register and KCCI-TV.

The issues ranged from the minimum wage, the future of social security, to environmental regulations.

But much of the sniping back and forth had to do with some of the TV ads you've been seeing.

Analysts say there wasn't a clear winner.

"If the debate was a tie, that was a win for her. Whereas Braley has to come out and be more aggressive and change the narrative in terms of him being associated with Obamacare or a Democrat voting the party lines or changing the story about the missed Veterans Affairs committee meetings," said KWWL political analyst Chris Larimer.

There are 36 days til election day.

Larimer says the intensity of the campaign will probably ramp up, with more negative advertising.

There are two more debates set.

You can see the next one on KWWL on October 11.

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