1. 2012

    Iowa 'Quiet' as Caucuses Approach

    Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann speaks to the media during a campaign event in Tama, Iowa, on December 22, 2011. Republican Mitt Romney has retaken the lead among Republican White House contenders in Iowa less than two weeks before the state holds the first nominating contest, a poll said Thursday. The poll showed Romney with 25 percent support, followed by small-government champion Ron Paul at 20 percent and Gingrich at 17 percent, with the remainder of the candidates at 10 percent or less. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Are Republican candidates not giving Iowa the love it needs? Most caucus-goers remain undecided or willing to change their minds—which may have something to do with candidates’ smaller interest in the state, as compared to years past. The Associated Press says Iowa has been quieter this year than in past election years, as nationally televised debates have shifted attention away from the early-voting state. Signs include fewer visits to the state from candidates and smaller grassroots armies. No campaign has more than 20 paid staff in the state, and Mitt Romney, who spent 77 days in Iowa before the 2008 election, has spent just 10 days there this year.

    Read it at Associated Press