Iowa Caucuses Set to Begin

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) kisses his wife after fielding a question about the death of their son during a campaign rally in Newton, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/Getty)

After months of campaigning, 13 debates, and an unprecedented $12.5 million spent, Iowa voters will gather at caucus sites across the state Tuesday night in the first contest of the GOP presidential nomination race. Scores of voters remain undecided, as many as 41 percent in recent polls. Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney told an audience Monday, "We're going to win this thing." But Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are also mopping up in polls.

Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science at Iowa State University and a contributor to WNYC’s political blog, It’s a Free Country reports on who is caucusing in Iowa, and why they are largely undecided. He is joined by Kerry Jech, a senior pastor at New Hope Christian Church and caucus-goer in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Comments [1]

Ian from Queens, New York

Who'd believe Santorum could be this exciting? With 79% of the forecast of Iowa in and Romney in the lead by 1% (25% for Romney, 24% for Santorum), the GOP needs to figure out whether it wants Personality or Practicality. Romney might be practical but I can see why there's a virtual three-way split between Paul and Santorum. Romney's campaign makes him appear inconsistent on substance and like has about as much personality as John Kerry's presidential campaign. Maybe Democrats will have a shot at 2012 after all.

Jan. 03 2012 11:10 PM

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