IOWA CITY — Johnson County, the blueberry in the punch bowl of Iowa politics, welcomed Gov. Kim Reynolds with a banner telling her to go home and a protester who tried to shout over the Republican as she spoke.
Reynolds persisted, shaking hands and posing for pictures with diners Thursday at Iowa City’s iconic political stop, Hamburg Inn No. 2, on her “Keep Iowa Moving” tour of the state ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
Although polls have shown Reynolds to be in a tight race with Democrat Fred Hubbell, she said she’s feeling good about the campaign and believes Iowans agree with her that the state is headed in the right direction.
“The facts are undeniable,” Reynolds told reporters outside the restaurant. “We have been recognized as the No. 1 state in the country. We have the second lowest unemployment. An economy that is growing. Wages going up. Taxes going down. Our budget is balanced. The cash reserves are full. A $127 million surplus.”
She’s not done.
“I believe there is so much capacity and opportunity that exists within this state, and I can’t wait to get out there and work to make that happen,” said Reynolds, who is seeking a four-year term after becoming governor 17 months ago when Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to be ambassador to China.
Earlier, Reynolds’ tour stopped in Cedar Rapids for a rally. Later, she was to visit Washington, Mount Pleasant and Keokuk.
“We’re going to keep telling our story and talking to Iowans,” Reynolds said about her plans for the final week-and-a-half of the campaign. “We’re going to take it across the finish line. I feel good about it.”
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