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It's primary election day in Iowa and South Dakota and the polls are still open


Sioux City, Iowa (KTIV) - It's primary election day in Iowa and South Dakota and the polls are still open.

This was the scene Tuesday morning at Central Baptist Church, one of the precinct voting locations where people in Sioux City are casting ballots.

Polls opened Tuesday morning at seven in Iowa and will be open until nine 'o clock Tuesday.

The biggest race in the state is that for the seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Senator Tom Harkin, who is retiring.

Five Republicans are seeking their party's nomination, including Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst, Mark Jacobs, Scott Schaben and Matt Whitaker.

The winner will face Democratic U.S. Representative Bruce Braley in the November general election.

Governor Terry Branstad, who is going after a sixth term, is expected to win against his primary election opponent, anti-abortion activist Tom Hoefling.

The winner will face Democratic state Senator Jack Hatch in November.

It's also primary election day in South Dakota.

This was the scene at the North Sioux City Community Center, as voters cast ballots this morning.

South Dakota Polls close tonight at seven, but because the western part of the state is in the Mountain Time Zone, results won't start coming in until eight 'o clock our time.

Five candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson.

On the ballot are physician Annette Bosworth, state Representative Stace Nelson, attorney and Army Reserves Major Jason Ravnsborg, State Senator Larry Rhoden and former Governor Mike Rounds.

The winner will face Democrat Rick Weiland and independent candidate Larry Pressler in the November election.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is facing what's seen as a long-shot challenge for the Republican nomination from former state Representative Lora Hubbel.

Former state wildfire agency head Joe Lowe and state Rep. Susan Wismer are seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor.

There are also 22 legislative primary races on the ballot.

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