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Iowa race for U.S. Senate

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Candidates are making their final push heading into Iowa's primary tomorrow.

In the Senate race, four people are looking to take on longtime Senator Chuck Grassley in the general election.

Senator Grassley saying he isn't going anywhere, but these four candidates challenging him for a seventh term in office. 

All coming down to tomorrow to see who will be up against Grassley. 

Four candidates are vying for Chuck Grassley's Senate seat. 

Rob Hogg a state senator of Cedar Rapids. Tom Fiegen is a former lawmaker of Clarence and a bankruptcy lawyer. Bob Krause, a former lawmaker of Fairfield, former Waterloo school board member and veteran. Patty Judge, former Lieutenant Governor and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

"Make things happen for people again rather than just the stonewalling and the political posturing that is going on in Washington today," said Judge. 

KWWL Political Analyst Chris Larimer says to watch for what happens in the primary. 

"Can you essentially run a primary campaign for U.S. Senate seat in Iowa on name recognition alone and does that work," said Larimer. "And if Patty Judge wins by double digits tomorrow then yeah that seems to be the case."

Judge riding high, as the other three contenders putting in every last effort.

One last push here in Waterloo last week at a forum talking  jobs, education, and health care.

"People can not afford the care that they need," said Feigen. "The federal answer to this is Medicaid for everyone."

 This comes as Iowas $4.2 billion Medicaid program just recently transitioned to private management,making health care a concern for Iowans. 

"Gov. Branstad has demonstrated it with his miss-managed medicaid managed care mess," said Hogg.  "And this awful deal to outsource the administration of Medicaid to out of state for-profit companies."

"Senator Grassley did by prohibiting the Medicare from negotiating a price of prescription drugs, and it is even more massive than you think as an error," said Krause.

All in agreement, Washington isn't working. 

According to a  recent Des Moines Register poll of 542 voters, Patty Judge is leading the primary race with support from 42% of likely Democratic voters. 

The winner of that primary will face longtime Senator Chuck Grassley in November.

Polls are open tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Stay with KWWL as we will have full team coverage of the primary tomorrow. 

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