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November 2, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
The Occupy Iowa general assembly voted Monday night to invite other Occupy movements from across the country to help in an effort to shut down the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential candidates until the state's caucus day, Jan. 3. “You go inside or if they won't let you in, you shut 'em down,” Frank Cordaro, an Occupy Iowa protester who came up with the idea, told the Des Moines Register, which first reported the story . “Who knows?...
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March 7, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES - For more than 40 years, Iowa voters have played a vital role in picking the nation's president, culling the field of hopefuls and helping launch a fortunate handful all the way to the White House. For about 35 of those years, Iowa has been the target of jealousy and scorn, mainly from outsiders who say the state, the first to vote in the presidential contest, is too white and too rural; that its caucuses, precinct-level meetings of party faithful, are too quirky and too exclusionary to play such a key role in the nominating process.
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January 6, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
One of the great things about the Iowa caucuses is the event's quirky Hey, kids, let's put on a show quality. Candidates do indeed still shag voter questions in intimate settings, addressing audiences of a dozen or fewer after navigating to the front  around tables laden with home-baked cookies and Jell-O salad. (At least that's the case for minor candidates before they become major; see Santorum, Rick.)  But the downside of what amounts to an amateur production surfaced in the last 24 hours with reports calling into question Mitt Romney's astonishingly thin eight-vote victory Tuesday night.
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November 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
President Obama won Iowa's six electoral votes Tuesday, holding on to the state that launched his presidential bid four years ago, according to exit polls for the Associated Press and news networks. His win over Mitt Romney was slimmer than the president's margin last time, reflecting how the once-euphoric support for him in the state has dimmed. Iowa's half-dozen electoral votes are meager compared with other battleground states such as Ohio, Florida and Virginia, yet both campaigns considered the Hawkeye State a priority as they raced to assemble the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
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January 19, 2000 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irene Parker lives across the street from the grain silos looming over this bleak farming town in southwest Iowa, an 81-year-old ex-factory worker with the potential to play a small but important role in the race for president. On this particular day, the Bush for President motorcade comes clattering up across from Parker's white clapboard house, depositing the Texas governor, his staff and more than two dozen world, national and local media members before a crowd of prospective voters.
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February 11, 1992 | DAVE LESHER and RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITERS
Campaigning all alone in the state where he has lived for 52 years, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin scored a landslide victory Monday in the first electoral contest of the 1992 presidential race. As he promised, Harkin did better in Iowa's Democratic caucuses than any presidential candidate has ever done. He even exceeded former President Jimmy Carter's record of 59% in 1980. But the significance of his victory was limited because he faced almost no opposition. With 91.
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February 6, 1988 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
Betty Strong, a 62-year-old woman with a pixie smile, loves to brew strong coffee and regale guests in her modest home with tales of her grandchildren. She is a full-time homemaker who has never held public office. Yet she is an Iowa caucus kingmaker, a political force who has been courted by almost every Democratic presidential candidate for more than a year. Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt slept at her house. Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr. stopped by for coffee. Former Arizona Gov.
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November 18, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Barack Obama may be the darling of the college set, but the Medicare crowd is another story. While young Democratic voters have gravitated to his presidential campaign, seniors have stampeded to Hillary Rodham Clinton's. That's why it was welcome news to his supporters when Max Allan Collins, a writer, rose at a recent campaign event here to announce that his 82-year-old mother wanted to vote for Obama.
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January 20, 1992 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1988, Betty Strong's modest home in a working-class neighborhood here was a key stop on the road to the Democratic presidential nomination. Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt stayed overnight in her upstairs guest room. And four of his opponents sat at her Cherrywood dining table to drink a mug of her strong coffee, hear a story about her grandchildren and tell her why they wanted to be President of the United States. This year is different.
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December 24, 2007 | Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Attention, presidential candidates: Not to disrupt your holiday plans, but if you have any cringe-inducing mistakes, insensitive jokes or outright hypocrisy yet to engage in, there's no time like the present. Come early January, late-night comics return to the air again.
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November 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DES MOINES - In the end, President Obama came back to Iowa to look for one more lift. With a rally in Des Moines, filling the streets behind the building that four years ago housed his Iowa caucus headquarters, President Obama wrapped up his last campaign blitz and asked Iowans again for help. The speech was as much about 2008 as 2012, laden with nostalgia and appeals to ideals that captured his supporters when he was still a senator from Illinois. At one point a tear rolled down his cheek as he spoke.
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October 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
LAND O' LAKES, Fla. -- The Des Moines Register endorsed Mitt Romney on Saturday night, breaking a decades-long streak of backing Democrats for president in a state that launched President Obama's 2008 election. The paper, the largest in Iowa, wrote that the top priorities in the election must be reviving the economy, spurring job growth and moving toward a balanced budget and reducing the deficit. “Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals?
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August 13, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama plans to carry a new message on his road trip across Iowa this week, aimed at linking the Republican candidate for president with the budgetary views of his new running mate. An advisor to the president said the Obama campaign will work in Iowa to tie Mitt Romney to the budget of Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, author of the controversial House GOP plan to shrink the federal government and recraft the Medicare health program for seniors. Obama advanced  the strategy during a series of fundraisers in Chicago over the weekend.
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June 16, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
DES MOINES - Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in January, with Mitt Romney a close second, but neither was the true winner this weekend when the delegates who actually will vote at the Republican National Convention were selected. That would be Ron Paul. The congressman from Texas finished a distant third in the Iowa caucuses more than six months ago, but of the 28 delegates selected Friday and Saturday to head to the national convention, 23 are Paul supporters - and they are not bound to support the victor of the state's first-in-the-nation voting contest.
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January 29, 2012 | By James Oliphant
Rick Santorum canceled campaign events in Florida set for Sunday after his daughter Isabella was admitted to a Philadelphia hospital. Isabella, known as Bella, is 3 years old. She suffers from Trisomy 18, a severe genetic condition in which she carries an extra chromosome. "Rick and his wife Karen are admitting their daughter Bella to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia this evening,” the campaign said in a statement Saturday night. “The campaign will cancel Rick's upcoming Sunday morning Florida campaign schedule.
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January 25, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Rep. Michele Bachmann, having seen her bid for the presidency come to an early end, said Wednesday that she will seek reelection to her House seat. "I am very thrilled to be in the position that I am today, and I am looking forward to continuing," Bachmann told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Bachmann is currently serving her third term representing Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. She raised $13.5 million in her 2010 campaign, winning the Republican-leaning seat by 13 points.
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January 23, 2000 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Monday night, all across Iowa, tens of thousands of political activists and plain folks will stream to more than 2,100 small gatherings, or caucuses, to state their preferences in the first test of the 2000 presidential campaign. When the ballots are tallied, the winners will emerge--but not the way you might expect. Sure, it helps to get the most votes. But the candidates who claim victory in Iowa will be those who manage an even trickier task: beating expectations.
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January 4, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
  A shrunken field of GOP presidential hopefuls descended on New Hampshire on Wednesday, the next test in the party's nominating fight, as Mitt Romney sought to bolster his status as front-runner and establishment favorite. A day after winning the Iowa caucuses by the slimmest margin in history - eight votes - Romney signaled that party ranks were closing and used a morning TV interview to contrast the breadth and strength of his campaign with the hand-to-mouth candidacy of Rick Santorum, Iowa's runner-up.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
It took NBC debate moderator Brian Williams about 15 minutes to turn to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and when he did, he hinted at the question on the minds of most observers of the Republican presidential race: When will Paul drop out? “To say that there has only been three races and talk about not being electable, I think is a bit of a stretch,” Paul said. Paul finished in third place in the Iowa caucuses and second in the New Hampshire primary. But he placed last in South Carolina last weekend among a narrowed field of four candidates.
NEWS
January 19, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Maeve Reston
Who won the Iowa caucuses? It turns out we may never know for sure. More than two weeks after Mitt Romney claimed an initial eight-vote victory, the Iowa Republican Party is set to announce that a revised tally puts Rick Santorum ahead by 34 votes, the Des Moines Register reported. However, results from eight of the 1,774 precincts "are missing," the paper said, leaving Iowa Republicans in the position of having to declare an inconclusive result. "It's a split decision," Chad Olsen, the Iowa Republican Party executive director, told the paper.
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