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Iowa: Black Hawk County GOP ready for mega-caucus

Posted at 2:54 PM on January 3, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Iowa, Politics

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(MPR News / Mark Zdechlik)

The latest from MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik:

The Republican Party of Black Hawk County will host all 63 of its precincts under the roof of the University of Northern Iowa's UNI-Dome for caucuses this evening.

Most of the people gathering at the university will be from the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. About 2,800 Republicans caucused in Black Hawk County in 2008. This time they're expecting as many as twice that number.

The various precincts are spread out on the arena floor and in the bleachers. Prior to the 7 p.m. start time, those who show up will have a chance to hear briefly from candidates. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who was born in Black Hawk county and who's been promoting her Iowa roots throughout her campaign, is planning to speak as is former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, might also attend.

Bachmann is polling dead-last among the field of GOP presidential candidates competing in Iowa, still she's predicting a caucus night "miracle,' and even if she doesn't get that, she's vowing to continue on with her campaign and has stops scheduled for Wednesday in South Carolina.



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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.