- Associated Press - Monday, October 10, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are hitting the campaign trail in hopes of giving Republican legislative candidates a boost.

Branstad and Reynolds are campaigning on Tuesday and Thursday. Stops include a retirement home in Cedar Falls and pizza restaurants in Manchester and Washington. They’ll also visit a coffee shop and a bug repellant manufacturer in Columbus Junction.

Branstad said Monday the GOP could win control of the Iowa Senate and maintaining a House majority.

The Senate has 26 Democrats, 23 Republicans and one independent after David Johnson left the GOP in June because of its support for Donald Trump who made disparaging remarks about a federal judge with Mexican roots.

Branstad says Iowa Republicans are unified although two abandoned support for Trump over the weekend.

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