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Big-name politicians campaign for Iowans

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

National politics are hitting home in Iowa. With just a few days left to go in the runup to the election, political heavies are here in-person to give their endorsements.

In the last few weeks, we've seen Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Michelle Obama. The Clintons were also in-state for Harkin's final Steak Fry fundraiser in September.

Both will be back this week, with Hillary appearing on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids & Davenport, and Bill in Des Moines and Waterloo on Saturday.

The reason: control of Congress hinges heavily on the Braley/Ernst race. These big appearances come as two big races stay close in the polls: Ernst and Braley are neck and neck, while Democrat Pat Murphy and Republican Rod Blum are basically tied for the 1st District.

Senator Tom Harkin was in Waterloo Monday to stump for Democratic candidate for Murphy. He said he's not surprised the races are so close.

"I know Iowa," he said. "This is the first time in 40 years we've had an open senate seat."

House Speaker John Boehner was also in the area to support Blum.

But do these endorsements do it for voters?

"It increases the enthusiasm and gets us pumped up, so we're better able to tell our story for a candidate," said DeeAnn Johnson, who attended Blum's rally.

But the big names also betray a certain fear in close races.

"That we won't win it!" said Lee Bedore at Murphy's fundraiser. "It's close, it'sdefinitelyy a close race, but I think we can if we get the troops out."

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