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Iowa: What we know with one day to go

Posted at 4:36 PM on January 2, 2012 by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Iowa

Tomorrow Iowa Republicans will decide who will they want to be their presidential nominee.

There's still no telling who will be the winner. But here's one thing we can count on: it will be mostly sunny with a high of 41 degrees. That's good news for the candidates because it likely means stronger turn out.

Iron Lady. Bachmann has a new ad out that draws on her Iowa roots, emphasizes her efforts fighting Barack Obama's new health care law and draws on her desire to be America's Margaret Thatcher.

Bachmann has done little advertising here since the summer; this is the only ad she has run on television this week.

Occupy Preoccupation. GOP leaders here are concerned that Occupy Wall Street movement will disrupt caucuses tomorrow, and are preparing for protests. Meanwhile, 12 protesters were arrested at a downtown Des Moines hotel for lying down in the building's lobby.

Bachmann draws media, voter crowds. The media hordes were out in full-force at a Bachmann event today in West Des Moines, along with a sizeable number of voters. There, she visited local businesses, and talked about her own family's battle with poverty; the experience taught her to work hard, she said.

Goin' to Carolina. Bachmann says she's pressing on to South Carolina and will participate in the New Hampshire caucuses, despite how she does Iowa. Next stop, the Palmetto State.


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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.