Early voting is looking good for Iowa Republican Joni Ernst. In fact, it’s looking better than usual.

Kirsten Hunter of the Washington Free Beacon reports that even CNN is acknowledging the trend:

CNN: Iowa Early Vote Data Shows Unprecedented Republican Numbers

Elated Republicans are celebrating the unprecedented success of U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) in Iowa’s early voting.

Iowa Republicans banked a surge of early voters this week, a practice usually dominated by Democrats in the state.

Ernst’s unprecedented success is also the result of her opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley’s, failure to mobilize Iowa Democrats despite receiving support from high-profile figures including the Clintons and the seat’s current holder, Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa).

“Braley hasn’t run a great campaign,” said CNN reporter Peter Hamby. “Look at the early vote numbers in that state. Democrats in the last two or three cycles have really done well by running up the early vote number.”

Hamby elaborated that Republicans are at a “parity” with Democrats after assessing this week’s early Republican votes.

This “has never happened before,” Hamby said. “Braley wants that number to be higher.”

Here’s the video segment:

This surge may explain why liberal news sites are attacking Joni Ernst for expressing her completely Constitutional views on the Second Amendment.

Sam Levine of the Huffington Post is just horrified by something Ms. Ernst said in 2012:

Joni Ernst: My Gun Will Defend Me If Government Decides ‘My Rights Are No Longer Important’

Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, said during an NRA event in 2012 that she would use a gun to defend herself from the government.

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

And the problem with that comment is… what again?

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