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article imageGOP presidential race: Iowa tonight, New Hampshire next

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 3, 2012 in Politics
No matter what happens in Iowa today, it looks like a Mitt Romney romp in New Hampshire. That would be the first primary of the election season.
The results are from the daily tracking of candidates in the state by 7 News/Suffolk University.
Romney has a big lead over the next candidate, which is Newt Gingrich. Romney leads with 43 percent to 21 percent for Gingrich. Even the Megellan Strategies has Romney tracking 41 percent.
Some late Iowa news:
- Republicans will gather at 7 p.m to begin their caucus. The time for them to hash things out is usually about an hour. They will select delegates to attend county conventions and elect members of county committees.
- Because there is an incumbent Democrat president, the caucus is not expected to be a huge draw, which means most counties will attempt to consolidate their locations. This information was provided by the Des Moines Register.
- President Obama will still be a part of the caucus tonight, according to the Sioux City Journal. He will be part of the events via a live streaming web cast.
- According to the Associated Press, over $13 million has been spent on TV advertising.
- Politico has been tracking the Occupy Movement and the possibilities of hacking or disruptions. They note that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and his staff have been holding several meetings. The meetings involve the local offices of Homeland Security, Public Safety and Emergency Management. They also reported there is no plan to be on sites or even secure them. Meanwhile, the GOP has moved the vote tabulation off site.
- Real Clear Politics reports about an interview Sarah Palin had with Fox News about Michele Bachmann and her chances. Palin said, "As for Michelle Bachmann. She has a lot to offer, also, but I don't think it is her time this go around..."
- In 2008, records show 120,000 Republicans participated in the caucus when Gov. Mike Huckabee won.
After tonight, it's off to New Hampshire for a Jan. 10 primary then South Carolina, which is Jan. 21.
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