WEST DES MOINES, Iowa--It has been a team effort in many ways for Iowa Republicans and Monday night they kept that theme together. They filled a temporary stage with their candidates for one final push to voters.
Senator Chuck Grassley, perhaps Iowa's most popular politician, isn't on the ballot this year, but he has campaigned at recent rallies as often as the candidates. Grassley told a crowd of several hundred gathered at the Kum N Go headquarters in West Des Moines he has never seen enthusiasm like he has seen this election cycle.
Republicans hope Grassley's popularity with voters would rub off on those standing with him. His former chief of staff, David Young, a 3rd Congressional District candidate, was among the crowd on stage. Others included Sam Clovis, candidate for state treasurer; Mary Mosiman, candidate for state auditor; and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.
Governor Terry Branstad has also tried to use his standing with Iowans to help push Joni Ernst's U.S. Senate campaign to victory. Branstad told the crowd, "What a unique opportunity we have to elect the first woman senator from Iowa!"
Ernst asked the crowd to do one more thing, the theme of her final day of campaigning. She said, "If you don't get a friend out, a neighbor out, a colleague out to vote, it's all for nothing. Right? We have got to do that one more thing!"