- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst had to send her campaign bus for repairs this week after it hit a deer in southeast Iowa.

At a campaign stop Friday in West Des Moines, Ernst said the bus hit the deer Wednesday night as they were driving into Bloomfield. Sen. John McCain was on the bus as well as Ernst.

No one riding on the bus was hurt, but the vehicle was damaged. Ernst said she hopes to get it back on the road soon.

Ernst said she immediately knew what had happened, noting she had “hit a deer before.”

Ernst has been touring the state in the bus as she competes with Democrat Bruce Braley for Iowa’s open Senate seat.

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