Sexting scandal in North Carolina Senate race spills over to Iowa contest

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Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is slamming the Democratic Senate candidate — in North Carolina.

Ernst, first elected to the Senate in 2014 and seeking a second term in November, on Monday took the unusual step of attacking a Democratic candidate in another state’s Senate race. She tried to link her Iowa Democratic rival, Theresa Greenfield, to Cal Cunningham, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina, who is also locked in a tight race.

Cunningham over the weekend apologized for exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a married woman, Los Angeles public relations executive Arlene Guzman Todd. Cunningham is an officer in the Army Reserve and is married with two children, and Guzman is married to a military veteran.

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