Remember when a recent Des Moines Register poll showed Republican Joni Ernst up by 6 points over Bruce Braley, and Democrats had a complete meltdown?

And I shouted Sooey!

A new poll shows that the gap has closed, with Ernst up 1 point, via Des Moines Register:

Iowa’s blitzkrieg U.S. Senate race is now a 1-point contest: Republican Joni Ernst is at 47 percent, and Democrat Bruce Braley is right at her heels at 46 percent with likely voters, a new Iowa Poll shows.

As armies of Democratic activists go door to door urging Iowans to fill out absentee ballots, they’re piling up votes for Braley, who was 6 points down just two weeks ago.

“Braley’s catching up,” said J. Ann Selzer, the pollster for The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, which was conducted Oct. 3-8.

But Ernst has made gains, too. She’s 3 percentage points higher than two weeks ago, when she was at 44 percent.

That’s obviously good news for Democrats that the gap has closed. But both candidates gained points, which means there are fewer undecided voters.

That Ernst is up at all, and consistently so, is good news for her.

The poll shows that Obamacare is unpopular:

So it’s going to be a tight race. And there’s a debate tonight.

Will Obama being “on the ballot” be the difference?


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