- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Joni Ernst’s campaign has three times as much cash as Democrat Bruce Braley’s heading into the final two weeks of their Iowa Senate race, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday.

Ernst raised $6 million from July 1 through Sept. 30 and ended that period with $3.6 million in cash, her campaign reported to the Federal Election Commission. Braley raised $2.8 million during that time and ended the financial quarter with $1.2 million.

Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said the campaign was confident it would have the resources to compete until Election Day.

“We had a record quarter. We have the resources to talk to Iowans face-to-face and over the airwaves about Bruce’s efforts to put Iowa’s middle class first,” Giertz said.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, and Ernst, a state lawmaker and Iowa National Guard member from Red Oak, are locked in one of the nation’s closest races. They are vying for the seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

Republicans are hoping for a net gain of six Senate seats, which would give them a majority in the chamber.

Candidates in the four congressional races in Iowa also submitted quarterly fundraising reports.

In the 1st Congressional District, which is open because Braley is running for Senate, Republican Rod Blum’s campaign raised $402,000, which included $100,000 he loaned to it. He had $227,000 left in cash. Democrat Pat Murphy raised $358,000 and had $179,000 in cash. The district includes Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, who represents southeast Iowa’s 2nd District, raised $373,000 and had $604,000 in cash. Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ campaign raised $368,000 and had $142,000 on hand.

The competitive race in the open 3rd District, which stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs, saw big dollar figures. Republican David Young raised $799,000 during the most recent quarter and had $295,000 in cash. But his campaign had outstanding debts of more than $336,000, including personal loans he made to it in past quarters. Democrat Staci Appel had raised $593,000 and had $369,000 on hand.

Republican Rep. Steve King, who represents the 4th District in northwest Iowa, had more cash than Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer. King raised $601,000 and had $737,000 in cash, while Mowrer raised $705,000 and had $243,000 on hand.

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