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January 4th, 2011

Senate District 48 Election Results – It’s an Ernst Landslide

Iowa GOP Chairman Strawn Congratulates Joni Ernst
Republican wins special election in Senate District 48

DES MOINES – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn tonight congratulated Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) on her election to the Iowa Senate. Ernst won today’s special election in Senate District 48, the seat formerly held by Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Reynolds.

“Joni will deliver on the promise to return smaller, limited government to Iowa, focusing on ways to incentivize private sector economic growth in our state,” Strawn said. “Her victory places even more pressure on Senate Democrats to work with Republican leaders on reducing spending and increasing efficiency with the taxpayers’ dollars.”

Ernst said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the people in Senate District 48 and appreciate the support of the voters.”

Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley (R-Chariton) said, “Joni was a great candidate who worked hard and I know she will do a tremendous job advocating for the interests of southwest Iowans in the Senate.”

Joni and Gail Ernst reside in Red Oak and share three daughters.  She has served as the Auditor of Montgomery County since January 1, 2005. Joni has 18 years of service in the US Army Reserves and Iowa Army National Guard and she served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004.

Senate District 48 covers seven counties in Southern Iowa including Montgomery, Adams, Taylor, Union, Ringgold, Clarke and Decatur.

Final Vote

Joni K. Ernst – 4978

Ruth Smith – 2400

Write In – 10

Montgomery County (7/7)

Joni K. Ernst – 1552

Ruth Smith – 255

Write In – 2

Taylor County (8/8)

Joni K. Ernst – 496

Ruth Smith – 210

Write In – 1

Union County

Joni K. Ernst – 934

Ruth Smith – 436

Write In – 0

Ringgold County

Joni K. Ernst – 448

Ruth Smith – 302

Write In – 0

Clarke County

Joni K. Ernst – 643

Ruth Smith – 417

Write In – 4

Adams County

Joni K. Ernst – 413

Ruth Smith – 190

Write In – 1

Decatur County

Joni K. Ernst -488

Ruth Smith – 590

Write In – 2

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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