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Senate candidates continue campaigning day before election

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Republicans and Democrats alike are using Election Day to drum up all the support they can muster.

Joni Ernst has wrapped up her tour of all Iowa's 99 counties and now she's back out with another message for voters as she fights for a seat in the U.S. Senate.


"What we're doing is encouraging voters to get out, get to the ballot boxes, make sure their votes get cast," said Ernst, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. "We need their support."

Ernst asked people to not just vote themselves but to get their friends out to vote, too. It's a message some Republicans are taking to heart.

"I've been out door knocking," said Cathy Grawe, who lives in Coralville. "I've been making phone calls. I know it's a close election and we cannot overlook anybody. We've got to get everybody out to the polls."

Democrats are also doing a final push. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin joined Bruce Braley, the man he hopes to see filling his Senate seat next year. They met with supporters before they canvassed neighborhoods to make sure people vote.

"We have incredible volunteers who are signing up in record numbers," said Braley, the Democrat in the Senate race. "Making tens of thousands of phone calls and knocking on doors, and it's paying off."

Democrats, too, are taking this Senate race seriously. Some are even planning to continue canvassing as the polls are open on Election Day.

"People can relate to a person-to-person basis," said Rebecca Stamy, who lives in Iowa City. "Phone calls, people can ignore the phone calls. But people in Iowa are nice. They open the doors and they talk to you."

Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. To find your polling place, click herehttps://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace1/

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