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Let the 2012 Primary Begin!

The convening of Republican governors in Florida this week has provoked a fury of speculation over who the GOP’s 2012 Presidential nominee will be, but a better indicator may lie in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that both former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have scheduled appearances for next week in Iowa, which will, as is tradition, hold the first Republican caucuses in 2012. Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses this election. Usually, contenders wait until two years before the race before they start showing up in the Hawkeye State.