Polls open as Iowa voters decide tight races

November 6, 2018 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polls have opened across Iowa for an election highlighted by competitive races for governor and Congress.

More than 1,600 precincts will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Roughly half a million voters had cast ballots before Election Day, taking advantage of Iowa’s lenient early voting rules.

Polls indicate a tight race for governor between Republican Kim Reynolds and Democrat Fred Hubbell. Iowa’s congressional races also will be watched closely as Democrats attempt to win seats held by Republican incumbents in the 1st and 3rd districts. Some Democrats are optimistic about winning in the 4th district, where Republican Steve King is seeking his 9th term.

Republicans maintain they can retain the seats.

The statewide races for secretary of state, auditor and agriculture secretary also could be close.