Braley completes 'full Grassley'

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) became the first candidate in the Iowa Senate race to complete what’s known as the “full Grassley,” a visit to all 99 counties in the state.

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According to The Des Moines Register, Braley completed the feat with two stops on Thursday. His campaign released a list of “99 Reasons Why Bruce Braley Fights for Iowa’s Middle Class” to commemorate the occasion.

Iowa’s senior senator, Chuck Grassley (R), is the eponymous figure that first popularized the campaign practice of visiting every county in the state, and repeats the trip annually. Candidates in other states, including West Virginia Senate Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant, also embark on a similar journey across their states as a way to meet voters and expand their reach.

Braley is the expected Democratic nominee for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D) seat. Six Republicans are vying for the chance to take him on, and though the seat leans Democratic, Republicans are hoping to put it in play.