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Push For Primaries in Iowa

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Primary elections in Iowa are on Tuesday. 

Candidates looking to win elections in November will be looking to clear the first hurdle next week. 

For the five republicans vying for the party nomination to run for the open Senate seat in Iowa, they all have one number in mind, 35%.

That's the percentage of vote a candidate will need to get to win the primary. 

According to the most recent poll form Real Clear Politics, none of the five candidates are at that threshold. 

Jodi Ernst is the closest at 29%, followed closely by Mark Jacobs at 20%.

But getting to that magic number could be tough, with so much competition. 

Candidates will be out in droves looking to get there though, getting as many people out to vote as possible. 

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz says they could be fighting an uphill battle, getting people excited to vote in primaries. 

"Unfortunately, we haven't seen as much action as we would like to see and it show absolutely in the absentee ballot process," she explains. 

Only 800 absentee ballots have been requested in Scott County, which Moritz says is low this close to the election.

Nearly half of those, are still out, and unaccounted for. 

Right now, Moritz explains that a 10% turnout in Scott County would be considered a big accomplishment. 

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