Early voting has begun in Iowa and Hillary was there to get everyone revved up!
With early voting poised to play a bigger role in this year's election, Hillary Clinton was urging voters in Iowa to start casting ballots on Thursday, more than five weeks before Election Day.Let's do this!
Clinton's 10-city tour of Iowa brought the Democratic presidential nominee back to a state where she eked out a win in the caucuses over Bernie Sanders. With her focus now on defeating Donald Trump, Clinton was hoping that an emphasis on early voting could help her replicate President Barack Obama's successful strategy in the battleground state four years ago. For Clinton, the early voting strategy is key to any prospects she may have for pulling off victories in states like Arizona and Georgia, which traditionally vote Republican in presidential races.
Other states have already begun in-person early voting, but Iowa is getting attention because it's the first battleground state to do so.
In Des Moines on Thursday, Clinton sought to offer a hopeful message about the future that would contrast with the doom-and-gloom themes that Trump has made staples of his campaign. Laying out ideas for addressing childcare challenges faced by middle-class families, Clinton recounted for supporters at a rally her own background of working on children's issues and her father's struggles as a small businessman.
"I know so much of this campaign has been about, you know, whatever my opponent said and who he attacked and who he denigrates - and the list is long," Clinton said. "But it's not about that, it's about you. It's about your families and your future, and each of us should be telling you what we intend to do in the job."
Clinton's focus on early voting reflected the premium that Democrats are placing this year on trying to get their voters to turn out - if possible, long before Nov. 8. Though the political map favors Clinton this year, Democrats are concerned that a lack of enthusiasm will keep their voters from showing up in the same numbers that led to Obama's victories in the last two elections.
More than 4 in 10 Iowa voters cast early ballots in 2012, and Clinton's campaign is hoping that even higher interest in early voting this year will give her a decisive edge.
And as Hillary mentioned, look who made it to the rally!Glad to be back in Iowa today where it all began for the start of early voting. Find your polling place here: https://t.co/jfd3CXLD1s -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 29, 2016
.@HillaryforIA: When Ruline Steininger was born, women couldn't vote. Today, at 103, she's #WithHerFirst. pic.twitter.com/H4RA4eONH9— Kristina Schake (@kristina_schake) September 29, 2016