- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Joni Ernst is concluding the Iowa Senate race with a significant cash advantage over Democrat Bruce Braley.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Ernst pulled in about $1.4 million between Oct. 1 and Oct 15. She had $2.2 million in cash at the end of that period.

Braley reported raising about $840,000 in that time period and had $707,000 left in cash. Both candidates have raised millions and attracted massive outside spending during the competitive race.

Ernst said in an emailed statement Friday that the fundraising numbers reflect the “encouragement I have gotten across the state.” Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz said they were confident about their resources, noting that they have “built the campaign we need to talk about Bruce’s message.”

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