AP: Michelle Obama asks students to vote early in Iowa

IOWA CITY — First lady Michelle Obama tried to give Democrats a boost in a key U.S. Senate race Tuesday, urging college students in Iowa to vote early for Bruce Braley.

Mrs. Obama urged supporters at the University of Iowa to vote at a campus polling location that was open Tuesday and spend the next two weeks volunteering for Braley, who is in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst.

Braley, a four-term congressman, had once been a favorite to win the seat held for 30 years by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, one of his mentors. But now he’s running even with Ernst, a first-term state senator and commander in the Iowa National Guard, after a turbulent campaign. The race will help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

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