The state’s democratic governor and U.S. senator are boarding buses this weekend and setting out to stir up support for democratic candidates, particularly those running for seats in the legislature. Governor Tom Vilsack and Senator Tom Harkin will visit 18 cities on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.Vilsack says it’s meant to send the message to voters that every vote is going to count, both at the local level and the national level. Vilsack says the race for party control of the Iowa House and Senate is too close to call. “I think that there enough races in both the House and the Senate are up for grabs, within the margin of error, that no one can say for sure,” Vilsack says. “I will tell you I think this is the most competitive democrats have been in terms of the legislative races in the last decade.” Gentry Collins, the executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa, did not return a phone call seeking information about what republicans intend to do this weekend to turn out G-O-P voters. Vilsack will be joined by his wife and Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson on a route separate from the one Harkin will follow, but the two will meet at a few stops along the way.
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