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KUNC.org will have coverage of the Iowa Caucuses tonight along with special live coverage from NPR at 7pm. You can get caught up with all the stories as they relate to Iowa in this special section. Live audio is available in the special section on the front page.

As Republicans Caucus, Obama Campaign Buys Premium Iowa Ad Space

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

Obama For America purchased full banner ads across the Des Moines Register's homepage Tuesday. Along the top of the site — above the newspaper's live blog of caucus results with a photo of each of the GOP candidates — was a message from the Republicans' ultimate opponent and a link to an Obama video.

The ad — "See How Barack Obama Kept His Promises" — links to the two-minute video featuring Obama's Iowa caucus night victory speech four years ago. The Hawkeye State is particularly important to the president. Iowa ignited Obama's path to the White House in 2008 when he won the state's Democratic caucuses.

On Tuesday night, Obama was to hold a live video conference addressing Democrats participating in their party's Iowa caucuses, asking them to support his 2012 campaign. While Obama has no Democratic opposition, supporters in Iowa still pushed for a major turnout as a rehearsal for the general election.

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Padmananda Rama