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Clinton Urges Iowans To Vote Early

Clay Masters / IPR
Hillary Clinton at Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigned in Iowa Des Moines today, the same day early voting for the November election began in Iowa, and a day after her main opponent, Republican Donald Trump, campaigned in Council Bluffs.

Clinton spoke to hundreds of supporters on at Cowles Commons plaza in downtown Des Moines, asking them if they were ready to go to the polls.

“Well, luckily in Iowa you can start today, lots of folks don’t have that opportunity across the country,” she said.

She brought up her debate with Republican Donald Trump and says she’s running a campaign about issues, calling for raising the minimum wage and expanding clean energy in America. 

“I want this election to be about something not against somebody,” she said.

Clinton supporter Rebecca Kamett says she already has her ballot at home.

“I like to take my time and research the candidates, especially in those more local races that you don’t always know as much about,” she said. “And yeah, I take it very seriously so that gives me time to consider and do my homework.”

In the 2012 election, almost 700,000 Iowans voted early.  Since then, Republicans here have seen a slight increase in voters requesting absentee ballots, while Democrats have seen a large decrease.

Iowa has gone Democratic in six of the last seven presidential elections. Donald Trump has a slight lead over Clinton in several recent polls here.

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.