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Political Analysis: Governor's race getting more competitive, more expensive

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As the final hours of the Iowa primary draw to a close, KWWL political analyst and University of Northern Iowa professor Chris Larimer delivers his take on what could turn out to be one of the most expensive races for governor in the state's history.

Larimer says it's a midterm election with a republican governor in office and a republican in the White House. Larimer points out midterm years have traditionally meant the political party of the incumbent president has not done well. That doesn't just affect Congressional races, he says, but also down ballot contests such as Iowa's race for governor.  Larimer, speaking from Des Moines, says party registration has also been very competitive.

When noted that Governor Kim Reynolds has already been spending a lot of money on TV campaign ads, Larimer says that a big part of campaigning for governor in Iowa is establishing a level of familiarity and comfort with Iowa voters who expect to see the candidate out early, well before the November election.

Iowa's Secretary of State reported earlier in the day that a record number of absentee ballots had been counted. The 50,610 ballots received outstrips the 2014 state primary record of 44,740.

Polls closed at 9.

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