Senator Joni Ernst (standing at podium) speaks to members of the 132d Wing (132WG), Des Moines, Iowa Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) during the 132WG ISRG Activation Ceremony held in the 132WG Fire House on Saturday, March 7, 2015. This ceremony formally recognizes the official activation of the 132WG ISRG. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Linda K. Burger/Released)

DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced that she raised almost $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 that puts her in a strong position leading up to her re-election bid in 2020.

Her fundraising total marks the largest first-quarter haul in the off-year of an election cycle in Iowa. Joni for Iowa, her re-election campaign, also announced that she has more than $2.8 million cash on hand.

“Joni Ernst is well-positioned to kick off the year,” Brook Ramlet, senior advisor for Joni for Iowa, said. “She has strong support across the state, receiving donations from Iowans in every county. Additionally, Joni’s backing continues to grow as more than 40 percent of donations were from first time donors. Iowans know they have a proven, effective voice with Joni fighting for them in Washington and her substantial first quarter numbers reiterate their solid support.”

Joni for Iowa also noted that Ernst raised $2.3 million across all her committees that include not only her campaign but JONI PAC as well. They also stated that 88 percent of her donations were small dollar donations.

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