It’s primary day in Iowa. Polls opened at 7 a.m. as Iowans head to the polls to choose which candidates will move on to the general election in November.
With the risk of severe weather moving into the state this evening, election officials are urging Iowans to vote early. The Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday that there are protocols in place should severe weather affect polling places.
In a closely watched race, five republicans are seeking a spot on the November ballot to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Tom Harkin. Harkin (D), will retire when his term ends in January 2015. The republican winner will face U.S. Representative Bruce Braley (D) in the general election.
Governor Branstad, who is seeking a sixth term in office, is facing a challenger in his own party. Republican Tom Hoefling, of Lohrville, is also in the running but the governor is expected to claim a victory.
Polls close at 9 p.m. You can find your polling place by clicking here.
We’ll have live coverage of today’s election starting at 9 p.m. on whotv.com, the 13Now App and the Channel 13 News at 9 on Fox 17. Our coverage continues with the Channel 13 News at 10.