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King rallies voters in the Bluffs for Braley

King rallies voters in the Bluffs for Braley

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — Bruce Braley has a friend in singer-songwriter Carole King.

King was in the Bluffs Friday to thank Braley volunteers and rally support for the House representative, a Democrat who wants to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. About 50 people joined King at Dixie Quicks, 157 West Broadway. Braley, of Waterloo, did not attend.

King's 1971 album "Tapestry" won four Grammy awards. She wrote the song "You've Got a Friend," which was later recorded by James Taylor and became one of his biggest hits.

The singer asked Iowans to vote early — the state's early voting begins Sept. 25. She also asked them to join her in singing one of her most famous songs: "I Feel the Earth Move."

"We're going to move the earth," King said. "And by we, I mean the dedicated volunteers and the smart-voting citizens of Iowa."

Braley is running against Republican Joni Ernst, a state senator from Red Oak. The candidates are in a tight race to replace Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who announced his retirement late last year.

King, who lives in Idaho, said she wanted to appeal to Iowans mainly due to Braley's support of women and his push to raise the minimum wage. She also had planned to stump in Creston, Newton and Iowa City Friday and today.

Contact the writer:

402-444-3100, maggie.obrien@owh.com

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