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2012 Iowa Caucus Live Thread
Iowa GOP ^ | 1.3.12 | Free Vulcan

Posted on 01/03/2012 8:08:24 AM PST by Free Vulcan

Live thread to cover today's GOP caucus. News, predictions, opinions, totals, and the like.

Will be heading out about 4 pm or so to get our site ready and do a final review with the precinct chairs. I expect it to be bigger than 2008 with very heavy turnout and we are preparing for that.

We are also ready for disruptions. They simply won't be tolerated. The state party sent us a memo saying if there's any trouble call the cops immediately. Anyone trying to cause problems is going to get a rude awakening.

My predictions of the outcome are a narrow field with about a 10 point spread for the top five with Bachmann far behind in single digits:

Santorum - 24 Romney - 22 Paul - 20 Perry - 17 Gingrich - 14 Bachmann - 4 The Rest - 1

Think things are still in flux and many won't decide till right to the wire, so I'm not terribly confident of any predictions.


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To: BenKenobi

No national delegates are picked tonight in Iowa. There was secret ballot for presidential preference, and all delegates to the next (county) level are uncommitted. That means that the party regulars, mostly RINOs supporting Romney, will hold sway regardless of the straw vote.


1,261 posted on 01/03/2012 8:39:08 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: altura

“Thank the good Lord that I will not have to hear the word Iowa for another 8 years.

I may give up corn.

Wish I could give up ethanol.”

Altura, one of the best posts of the night!


1,262 posted on 01/03/2012 8:39:08 PM PST by varina davis (We grow too soon old and too late smart -- Pennsylvania Dutch adage)
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To: WilliamHouston

Seeing reports the 50% of Paul’s votes are new registrations *ie, Dems)...Iowa a farce once again...


1,263 posted on 01/03/2012 8:39:18 PM PST by magritte
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To: DCBryan1

Here’s a hug (((((Hug)))))


1,264 posted on 01/03/2012 8:39:43 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: SamAdams76

Newt just spanked Willard hard in his speech.


1,265 posted on 01/03/2012 8:39:43 PM PST by TADSLOS (Rick Perry- The Double Dipping il Duce. He'll overhaul congress and make the trains run on time.)
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To: xkaydet65
Liberal is an homogenized monicker. Conservative has a multiplicity of meanings.

I guess for a RINO or a lib, it would. Which one are you?

1,266 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:08 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Deo volente
"You Bible Thumpers"

AFveteran This account has been banned or suspended.

Excellent! Party Time! Wayne's World! Party Time!

1,267 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:12 PM PST by DCBryan1 ("Forget the Lawyers! FIRST YOU MUST kill the journalists!" - Die Ritter, die sagen, "nee"!)
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To: SamAdams76
Newt made a great speech.

Willard made a big mistake in ticking him off.

1,268 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:27 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry or Gingrich, maybe. OK Santorum too)
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To: tennmountainman

Romney’s to lose, unfortunately, and I think tonight’s results are a win.
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Because Iowa is meaningless!!!- as is New Hampshire. In the past 30 years, the candidate who has won SC wins the nomination— that’s where one spends the money.


1,269 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:27 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: angelcindy

I think he is 76.


1,270 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:33 PM PST by EEGator
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To: digital-olive

Still wayyy to close to call.


1,271 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:33 PM PST by BenKenobi
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To: fatima

Missed it.Watching Fox news just to piss everyone off:)
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OK, I’m going give you an honorary banning from FR for a period of 24 hours for violating the Boycott Faux News Rule.;-)


1,272 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:48 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: Rational Thought

“Your point is taken, but with all the money Perry supporters threw into Iowa with the big TV buys, and to finish in 5th place, I have to believe the money is about to dry up.”

BINGO!

Btw, I see PURPLE, baby!!! http://iowacaucus.com/results/


1,273 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:48 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: altura
I totally do not understand this surge for Santorum.

Me neither. I couldn't believe it this morning when I heard that Rupert Murdock was endorsing Santorum?

1,274 posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:56 PM PST by alicewonders ((GO PERRY!))
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To: Prokopton

Supporters of family values will not go to Newt.

Women will not go to Freddie Newt either. Three marriages, two divorces.


1,275 posted on 01/03/2012 8:41:02 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: magritte

“Seeing reports the 50% of Paul’s votes are new registrations *ie, Dems)...Iowa a farce once again...”

Indeed. WHY do we allow our enemy to play ANY role in choosing our candidate?

Surely SOMETHING can be done about this blatant cheating.


1,276 posted on 01/03/2012 8:41:13 PM PST by Pravious
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To: US Navy Vet

“I was the Caucus Chairman.”

That must be fun to be one of the Caucus Chairs!


1,277 posted on 01/03/2012 8:41:20 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Anti-Hillary

LOL. Yes! and he tore him apart in such a calm voice, but Newt has been sick all week, so he’s lacked his usual energy.

Prayers for him to get well ASAP.


1,278 posted on 01/03/2012 8:41:25 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Bravo!


1,279 posted on 01/03/2012 8:41:40 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: Cato in PA

Thanks Cato in PA ((((Hugs))))


1,280 posted on 01/03/2012 8:41:53 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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