- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Republicans in Iowa are worried that their Senate candidates have staked out positions before the June 3 primary senate-primary-points-haunt-party-fall-23861755” target=”_blank”>that will come back to bite them come November.

The Associated Press reports that State Sen. Joni Ernst’s campaign ad featuring her firing a handgun six times at the range might turn off some swing voters, and Reliant Energy CEO Mark Jacobs’ prior statements in favor of climate-change legislation will not differentiate him from Democratic frontrunner Bruce Braley.

The GOP is trying to see a net gain of six Senate seats to retake the chamber next year, so every race will be crucial.

Longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin is retiring from his Iowa seat, and some Republicans say they don’t want to squander the opportunity by catering to the primary electorate and then losing in the general election, according to the wire service.

“Braley has had the luxury of messaging directly to general election voters, where our candidates are messaging to a narrow segment,” former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn told the AP.