Update- Romney wins by eight votes!
The Iowa caucuses are tonight, as voters in the Hawk eye state wade out into the night of January to cast a vote, marking the first contest of the primary season to begin the process of selecting a Republican nominee, to go up against Senator Barack Obama in the Autumn.
Since 1972 for Democrats and 1976 Republicans have made the Iowa caucuses the first stop in then process to narrowing the field in the process of selecting a Presidential candidate to be their party’s candidate. In the months leading up to that January night, candidates, typically flock to the state know for its prairies and cornfields, to converse with voters, get exposure without spending wads of money (well fewer wads of money then they would on tv spots and other advertizing in larger states), with the country waiting with bated breath to see who these voters will select.
Tonight Barack Obama has no Democratic primary challenger (and presidents running for re-election rarely have), though Democrats and Obama campaign organizers say they are treating it as a sort of rehearsal to gauge their strength in the general election (since Iowa is a so-called ‘swing state and if you don’t know what that phrase means then I don’t know what to say except look it up by clicking on the link to this online dictionary). By the way I never heard the term ‘floating voter’ used, even though it is listed as a synonym for ‘swing voter’.
U.S Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), and former 2008 Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) vying in a battle for the top spot according to polls, as doors close at the caucuses are about to be called for order.