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6:22pm

Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Asked If Social Conservatives Are Hurting GOP, Gingrich Invokes Reagan, Himself

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 6:19 pm

At a coffee shop in Muscatine, Iowa, Tuesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked whether nominating a social conservative might sink the party's chances of winning the White House in November.

Muscatine is in a more moderate part of eastern Iowa, and the man who asked the question told Gingrich there are many business people — fiscal conservatives — who don't agree with the GOP platform positions on abortion, gay rights and other issues. The man asked Gingrich if social conservatives are throwing fiscal conservatives "under the bus."

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6:08pm

Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

As Republicans Caucus, Obama Campaign Buys Premium Iowa Ad Space

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 6:04 pm

President Obama is using Iowa's largest newspaper to get his message across as Republicans compete in the Iowa caucuses, the first-in-the-nation nominating contest.

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5:28pm

Tue January 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Group Analyzing Facebook Says Ron Paul Winning 'Web Caucus'

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 4:57 pm

While Iowa caucusgoers are kicking off the official 2012 Republican presidential nominating contest, in the social media realm among users nationwide, Texas Rep. Ron Paul already is in the lead, according to a data analysis of Facebook use by Socialbakers, which collects social media statistics.

"The amount of interactions are just insane," said Socialbakers CEO Jan Rezab. "Ten percent of Paul's Facebook fans are talking about him. The average for brands like Coca-Cola is just 1 percent."

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4:58pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Iowa Holds First-In-Nation Presidential Contest

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 7:19 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. All of the attention that Iowa has gotten in the past year comes to a head tonight. Nearly 2000 precincts across that state will record the first votes in the presidential nominating contest. At most sites, Iowans will write a name on a blank piece of paper and put it in a box.

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4:56pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Election 2012

Iowans Head To GOP Caucuses With No Clear Favorite

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:09 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hugs his wife, Ann, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The results from Iowa suggest what has been clear for months: Republicans remain divided about their presidential choices.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney eked out an eight-vote win after he and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum swapped the slimmest of leads back and forth in Tuesday's caucuses. With returns complete, each had won the support of roughly 25 percent of caucusgoers.

Despite the near-tie, Iowa caucus rules do not allow for a recount. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was third at 21.5 percent, according to The Associated Press.

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