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Bruce Braley casts own ballot, drums up early voting support

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Bruce Braley cast his own ballot in Waterloo Friday morning.

"I've voted early many times," he said. "It's a great way to make sure your vote is recorded."

The race for U.S. Senate is coming down to the wire. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Republican Joni Ernst leading with 47 percent of the vote to Braley's 45 percent. Four percent of voters were undecided.

Usually, early voting is an ace in the hole for Democrats, but this year, there's a problem -- they're not alone. According to GOP officials, more conservatives are coming out to vote before Election Day.

Still, take that with a grain of salt -- Quinnipiac polls show Braley leading among early voters by a solid 21 points.

NBC's Chuck Todd calls it one of the closest races in the nation.

"You can win the campaign and lose the election," he told KWWL. "Joni Ernst may have won the campaign, but she could lose the election because the Democratic Party machine started 10 years ago but turned into a Ferrari by the Obama team in 2008 may be enough to overcome it."

We asked Braley about that today.

"Well, Chuck Todd is entitled to his opinions, but frankly he's never talked to me," Braley said. "What I think is important is listening to Iowa voters, not outside pundits from Washington. That's what I'm focused on."

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