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January 3, 2012 | By James Oliphant and Paul West
The results in the GOP caucuses in Iowa should come in methodically, if reasonably quickly. And the winner could conceivably be known as early as 9 or so ET on Tuesday. However, if there's an extended tangle at the top among Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum (or another candidate) -- which there very well could be -- the process could become protracted. In the meantime, here are a few areas in Iowa to keep an eye on as the returns trickle in. LIVE COVERAGE: Iowa   GOP caucuses 1)
January 2, 2012 | By Paul West
Facing weak poll numbers and the very real possibility of a bottom-tier finish in Iowa's kickoff caucuses, Rick Perry on Monday likened the 2012 Republican presidential contest to a marathon that was still in its first mile. Speaking to supporters in the faux-rustic lobby of a modern hotel near the banks of the Missouri River, Perry said the early stages of a long race are often misleading, and he predicted that other candidates would "hit the wall" later on. A distance runner before being slowed by back problems, the Texas governor said, "I finished my marathon, and I expect to finish this marathon as well.
December 28, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Rick Perry continued to barnstorm his way across Iowa on Wednesday, frenetically trying to locate some last-minute momentum that would keep his rollercoaster campaign on track. After a morning breakfast near Des Moines, the Texas governor made three stops in small towns in southeastern Iowa, fine-tuning a message heavy on red-meat appeals for controlling immigration and capping government spending. As he has throughout his fourth-quarter Iowa effort, Perry cast himself as a figure outside the East Coast establishment, implicitly slapping rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich without naming them as co-opted insiders.
December 26, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Four years ago, Des Moines crackled and hummed with the wattage delivered by the waves of the young - voters, volunteers, activists - banded together for the purpose of electing Barack Obama to the presidency. It's different now, of course. Obama is the incumbent. The Republican primary is the show in town, not the Democrats. But some of the young people who were here then are changed as well. One of them is David Goodner, who sat in a plastic chair Monday in the ragged space the Occupy Des Moines movement has taken in the city's East Village.
December 17, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
The most influential Iowa newspaper endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, saying the former Massachusetts governor offered "sobriety, wisdom and judgment. " The Des Moines Register's editorial board, which endorsed Romney's arch rival John McCain in the 2008 presidential contest, argued that Romney's resume -- a combination of work in the private sector, being governor of Massachusetts and righting the nation's 2002 winter Olympics - make him preferable to the other top candidates in the hunt - Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
December 3, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Newt Gingrich has surged to the lead in Iowa, according to a new survey released by the Des Moines Register on Saturday night. The former House speaker has the support of 25% of likely Republican caucusgoers in the survey, up from just 7% in the previous one conducted in late October. Texas Rep. Ron Paul placed second with 18%, followed by Mitt Romney at 16%. Eleven percent were undecided. The state of play in Iowa has proven to be just as volatile as national surveys have indicated.
March 25, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
The 2012 presidential proto-campaign makes another stop this weekend in Iowa, where a smattering of GOP hopefuls will rally conservative activists in an early bid to woo voters in advance of next year's caucuses. The Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines will feature Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, all of whom have expressed interest in running for the GOP nomination. (Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was scheduled to appear but canceled Friday, saying he had a family medical emergency to attend to.)
March 23, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Iowa Republicans have invited Donald Trump to keynote the party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner, a tantalizing escalation of the real estate mogul's purported interest in a presidential campaign. Trump has professed to be seriously considering a White House run as he has made the media rounds promoting the new season of his NBC reality series, "The Apprentice. " But he has yet to begin the personal courtship with voters in key primary and caucus states that other, mostly lesser-known, potential rivals have.
July 4, 2010 | By Jay Jones
With her head and neck arched forward and her arms outstretched behind her, Diane Kleen steels herself for a curious test of perseverance. As someone nearby shouts, "Go!" her tensed muscles relax. She teeters toward the table in front of her, and an instant later, her face plops into a plateful of pie. Chocolate cream pie. A grand and gooey tradition — the pie-eating contest — is underway at the Iowa State Fair. A couple of minutes later, her plate is empty, and a smile is discernable even before Kleen uses a wad of paper towels to wipe smears of chocolate, cream and crust from her face.
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