Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 15, 2013. Branstad is in China until April 19. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andy Wong
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (C), flanked by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (L) and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, speaks during a campaign stop at the Amtrak Osceola Train Depot November 2, 2014 in Osceola, Iowa. A Des Moines Register poll published Saturday put Ernst seven points ahead of her opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), three days before the election. During a November 1, conference call, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told progerssive activists 'If we win Iowa, we're going to be just fine. Iowa is critical.'