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Opinion: Iowa Did its Duty!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In Iowa if you “can’t make it here you probably can’t make it anywhere” is the general principle. Think it’s going to be easier running a campaign in 11 Super Tuesday states?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

One Down...What We Learned on Iowa Caucus Night

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's "The Agenda" and Kate Wells, Iowa Public Radio reporter discuss the results of last night's Iowa GOP Caucus. 

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A British Perspective on an American Caucus

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What would an anthropologist make of the curious ritual of the Iowa caucuses? Part town meeting, part beer party, part coffee clatch with hot dishes, the Iowa caucuses may seem like an odd way to elect a politician to an outside observer. Every four years, the world media tries to decipher the curious liturgy of this bit of democracy in the heartland of America. The BBC's Paul Adams filed this report about looking at an American electoral tradition from a foreigner's perspective.

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A Photo-Finish for Romney in Iowa

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In one of the closet presidential contests in history, Mitt Romney was declared winner of Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses by a mere eight votes. Romney took 24.6 percent of the vote, barely edging out rival Rick Santorum, who was carried to the top of the polls with the support of evangelical Christians. Young caucus-goers helped deliver libertarian Congressman Ron Paul a close third place finish, with 21.4 percent of the vote. The night was perhaps most disappointing for one-time front-runners Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Bachmann finished last, with only five percent of the vote. Perry announced he would suspend his campaign after placing just ahead of Bachmann.

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Opinion: Where the 2012 Campaigns Go From Here

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A sixth place showing should have been Waterloo for the girl from Waterloo.  Instead, she vowed to head to South Carolina (Santorum, in a nice touch, made clear New Hampshire was next). After being burned by unlimited and anonymous negative campaign funding, Gingrich may just become the newest ally to overturn Citizens United.

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Iowa Caucuses: Trending on Twitter

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Twitter was around four years ago, the last time the nation focused its attention on the Iowa primaries. But since then, while President Obama struggled, the economy sputtered, and the GOP dithered, Twitter was — to borrow a term from the microblogging service — trending upward. In the rejiggered electoral landscape of 2012, trending on Twitter is as good as publicity used to be. John Hockenberry takes a look at the major trends on Twitter during the Iowa caucuses.

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Evangelicals Push Santorum to Strong Showing

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

After months of being written off as an un-electable candidate, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum nearly won Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses, losing to Mitt Romney by just eight votes. The Santorum surge, as it has come to be known, is credited largely to the Catholic candidate's strong support from evangelical Christians. CNN exit polling found that 34 percent self-identified evangelicals caucused for Santorum Tuesday, 19 percent supported Ron Paul, and that both Romney and Newt Gingrich took 14 percent of their votes.

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Looking Ahead to the New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Now that Iowa’s critical caucus is over, attention turns to the nation’s first primary. A predominately Republican state, New Hampshire primary has held many surprises in the past, such as John McCain's overwhelming victory over George W. Bush in 2000. Former Utah Governor John Hunstman has almost solely focused on New Hampshire over the past months, and spent Tuesday evening campaigning in the New England state instead of Iowa.

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Flash Forward: Politics in 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The first caucus results are in, heralding the official start of the long slog toward November's big election. Although politicians always bill the election they are involved in as being a critical moment for the nation, this time it is true. At issue in the next election will be what role the federal government plays in the lives of individual Americans. President Obama and the GOP candidates have outlined starkly different views of the social contract in the United States. The potential to shape economic growth, tax policy for the government and common person, and how wealth is distributed will shape fiscal policy for the next decade.

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The Takeaway

Romney Wins Iowa By 8 Votes

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edged out former Senator Rick Santorum by just eight votes in Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses. After spending most of the night locked in a dead heat with Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul, Romney was declared the winner early Wednesday morning with 24.6 percent of the vote. Paul finished in third place, followed by Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann. Perry announced he would suspend his campaign to return to Texas.

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Look | The Iowa Caucus

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Voters rendered the first verdict in the 2012 race for the White House on Tuesday in Iowa caucuses from Adel to Zearing. GOP candidates blanketed the state, while Democratic President Barack Obama spoke to delegates via live feed.

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Opinion: Three Reasons That Iowa’s Time Has Passed

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The reason Iowans don’t deserve a monopoly? No single state should have right - in perpetuity - to kick the presidential election cycle off every four years. It’s time Iowa (and, while we’re at it, New Hampshire) stood aside. Here’s why.

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GOP Makes Final Appeal to Iowa Voters

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Over 100,000 voters will head to the polls on Tuesday evening to select their 2012 presidential nominee. A Des Moines Register poll conducted last week put Mitt Romney in the lead with 24 percent of GOP caucusgoers' votes, followed closely by Ron Paul at 22 percent and Rick Santorum at 15 percent. Yet only 51 percent of those surveyed were decided. 

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Opinion: For the Back of the Pack, it's Decision Day

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

While many focus on who the winner of the Iowa Caucus will be later this evening, the true question to be answered is whether certain candidates ranking near the bottom in the minds of voters will get the message that their best course of action is to drop out.

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After Bachmann, A Look at the When and Why to Call it Quits

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Following her sixth place finish in the Iowa Caucuses last night, in which she only got five percent of the vote, Michele Bachmann announced this morning that she's ending her campaign for president.

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Opinion: What To Expect Out Of Iowa

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Opening day rarely decides the baseball season. Opening night isn't the entire run of a Broadway show. But these first public moments do help shape the next steps.

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Chat Transcript and Dispatches from Iowa

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

It's caucus night in Iowa, and It's A Free Country and WNYC have got you covered on-air and online. Throughout the night, tune in to the live chat below for tweets, updates, photos -- and a chance to add your comments. And below the chat - real-time analysis from Iowa Public Radio reporters around the state.

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Track: Iowa Caucus Returns

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 99 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Iowa’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the caucuses come in.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Preview of the Iowa Caucuses

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The 2012 presidential election cycle officially kicks off tonight with the Republican caucus in Iowa. O. Kay Henderson, News Director for Radio Iowa, describes the last few days of campaigning, what’s been different about the race for this year’s caucuses, and what we can expect tonight.

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