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Iowa Democratic congressional campaign sent misleading texts

June 6, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic congressional campaign took responsibility for erroneous text messages sent to voters directing them to incorrect polling places.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said Wednesday that Abby Finkenauer’s campaign was the source of the texts, which an investigation found were sent in error. Finkenauer’s campaign manager says they never intended to misdirect any voters.

Finkenauer is the Democratic U.S. House candidate for the 1st District, but some texts went to voters outside the district.

The campaign says “a few dozen people” received incorrect information. The campaign sent a second text asking them to check their polling place. On Wednesday, the Finkenauer campaign apologized for any confusion caused to voters.

Pate, a Republican, encouraged candidates to always include an attribution statement in messages sent to voters.

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