Politics

5:12am

Tue January 3, 2012
The Two-Way

It's Caucus Day In Iowa

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 10:22 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets a crowd during a campaign stop on Monday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Today, Iowa kicks off the 2012 presidential race in earnest. As, you've no doubt heard by now, the Republican presidential contest is still very fluid: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum could all win the season's first contest.

As The Des Moines Register found in its poll, the race is so unsettled "41 percent of those who have a first choice could still be persuaded to change their minds."

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4:45am

Tue January 3, 2012
Political Junkie

As Iowa Goes, So Goes What? Past Losers Still Won The GOP Nomination

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 11:57 am

Ken Rudin collection

The next sounds you hear will be Iowa Republicans rendering their judgment for 2012. The road to the magic number of 1,145 — delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination — begins Tuesday. The caucuses, all 1,774 of them, start at 7 pm Central time (8 Eastern), and results may start to trickle in within the hour.

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2:00am

Tue January 3, 2012
NPR Story

Iowa Set To Begin 2012 Presidential Voting

The voting in the Iowa GOP caucuses begins Tuesday night. On the last day before the caucuses, Republican presidential candidates campaigned across the state Monday. Their goal was the same — motivating supporters to leave their homes on a cold evening, go to their precinct meeting places and vote.

6:57pm

Mon January 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Voters Size Up Ron Paul In The N.H. Town Where His Campaign Began

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 6:15 pm

Ron Mirsky, 54, a customer at Me & Ollie's Cafe in Exeter, N.H. — the town where Ron Paul announced his run for president — says Paul has interesting ideas.
John Winslow Poole NPR

Texas Rep. Ron Paul picked Exeter, a town of about 14,000 in southeastern New Hampshire, to announce his presidential run in May.

So when NPR photographer John Poole and I arrived in New Hampshire today in advance of the state's GOP primary next week, we decided to stop by this quintessential New England town and see how Paul is faring.

We headed to Me & Ollie's Bakery and Café, in the shadow of the Exeter Town Hall, where Paul officially announced his third run for the presidency.

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3:15pm

Mon January 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa's Cold Doesn't Stop Campaigns From Heating Up Ahead Of Caucuses

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:10 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a campaign rally at the Weber Paper Company Monday in Dubuque, Iowa.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Blustery winds and freezing cold temperatures today didn't slow down the Republican presidential candidates' campaigning on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.

Six GOP candidates — most with family members in tow — shook voters' hands and made their final arguments.

Here's a look at what our reporters are finding on the campaign trail:

-- Mitt Romney, who has edged into the lead in recent polls, is looking to deepen — not broaden — his statewide map in the final stretch, campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom tells NPR's Ari Shapiro.

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