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      Miller-Meeks votes early, keeps campaigning

      Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks
      Ottumwa native Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is involved in one of the most watched primary races.

      The doctor is vying with two other Republican candidates for the right to run against Democratic incubment Dave Loebsack.

      Miller-Meeks has an impressive resume that includes military service and her Ottumwa medical practice.

      The three-time congressional candidate believes her recent stint as the head of the Iowa Department of Health may put her over the top this time.

      "I had the privilege to work with great people all across the state both within our state department and our local public health departments who are out working every to help ordinary Iowans. And I also got to work with a governor, with the legislature to do things that were for the common good of Iowans," Miller-Meeks said.

      Miller-Meeks' experience in health care has put the Loebsack's support of the Affordable Care Act at the center of her campaign.

      She said Iowans tell her they want to keep their doctor but lose their congressman.

      Miller-Meeks got what promises to be a busy day off to an early start when she cast her vote at the Precinct 1 polling place.

      She said she will spend the rest of the day campaigning, making phone calls and fundraising, before the polls close Tuesday night at 9.

      Win or lose, she plans on hosting a thank-you party for supporters at the Hotel Ottumwa on Thursday.