Iowa Senate race is tied, new Loras poll finds

The Iowa Senate race is a dead heat.

A new Loras College Poll Monday found Republican Jodi Ernst with 42.4 percent and Democrat Bruce Braley at 42.1 percent.

If there’s a slight gain in this battle to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, it may be Ernst’s.

The data indicated “Ernst has recaptured some of the momentum,” said poll director Christopher Budzisz in a press release.

He said her favorability rating “have returned to levels we found immediately following the June primary. While our September poll found Ernst’s unfavorable rating higher than her favorable rating, this most recent poll finds Ernst has righted that ship.”

But, he noted, “It is important to note that despite the campaign advertising, Congressman Braley has managed to always have his favorable rating above his unfavorable in our poll results. That is impressive given the media barrage on both candidates,” he said.

Braley’s favorable/unfavorable stood at 37/35.8 percent. Ernst registered 42.5/37.2 percent

The poll surveyed 600 likely 2014 general election voters Oct. 1-2. Statewide results have a 4 percent margin of error .