RED OAK, Iowa- Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Joni Ernst cast her vote Tuesday morning after campaigning all night. The former Montgomery County Auditor spent Monday with Governor Branstad traveling across Iowa. Then, Monday night, Ernst went to Ames, Cedar Falls, Fort Dodge, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, and arrived in her hometown of Red Oak to vote after 7 a.m.
“It was great getting out and seeing folks that came out in the middle of the night,” said Ernst. “They came to Perkins and had some pie and HyVee for coffee.”
Before going into the polling place she stopped to do a remote interview with Bill Nemmer of FOX News. She told that audience that the Tom Harkin Taylor Swift remark is in the past as the Senator has apologized and she accepted.
After voting before a pack of news cameras, Ernst said she planned to “enjoy the day, and spend some time with my family.” She said she would for sure get in a nap. “I haven’t really woken up yet, I haven’t been to bed yet.”
Ernst talked to her local radio station to thank people of the Red Oak area for their support from way back when she first ran for office as Auditor. “Thanks for all the wonderful support we’v e had over the many many years, thru all of these endeavors,” said Ernst. “I look forward to serving as their next United States Senator.”
The campaign and election day would no doubt be a big event for anyone, but Ernst has more on her plate yet this week. National Guard Duty is calling her yet this week. “Thursday and Friday I’ll be up at Camp Dodge for drills, right back at it,” said Ernst.