Ernst edges Braley in Iowa fundraising, trails in cash on hand

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) edged Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyVernon wins Iowa House Dem primary June primary fights set stage for Dems’ hopes to take over House GOP group enlists public with opposition research app MORE (D-Iowa) in second-quarter Senate fundraising — but she badly trails him in cash on hand following an expensive primary.

Ernst raised $1.78 million in from April through June, slightly more than the $1.7 million Braley brought in. But Braley, who didn't have a competitive primary, has stockpiled $2.7 million for the race, far more than the $1.1 million Ernst has in the bank.

That haul marks a big uptick for Ernst, who'd struggled with fundraising from the start of the campaign. But Braley's big cash edge could have an impact on a race that's emerged as a key Senate battlefield heading into the heat of the general election.

A poll of registered voters released Wednesday by NBC News and Marist found Braley and Ernst tied at 43 percent apiece.

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