Election Starts Today in Iowa Senate Race

Democrats have traditionally bested Republicans in getting voters out early.

Early voting gets underway today in Iowa where one of the nation's most competitive U.S. Senate races is playing out. That means some ballots will be cast before Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley have even met for their first of three major debates (the first one is Sunday).

Democrats have traditionally bested Republicans in getting voters out early, both nationally and in Iowa. In 2012, 43 percent of Iowa's vote was cast early. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will make three stops today in Iowa as part of the party's efforts to boost early voting. He'll be joined by Ernst, Governor Terry Branstad—who holds a solid lead in the polls in his own reelection campaign—and other GOP candidates.

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