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Romney Religion on the Road: Scripture on his iPad

Hillary Clinton carried a “tiny little Bible” in her purse during her husband’s 1992 campaign. Twenty years later, Mitt Romney reads Scripture downloaded onto his iPad.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 4:40pm

What We Learned: Year End Edition

As 2011 draws to a close, here's a rundown of what we at The Hotline learned throughout the course of the year:

-- 2011 proved that in a national campaign, the basic building blocks, organization, discipline, consistent messaging and fundraising still matter most. With the repetitive rise and fall of GOP presidential candidates throughout the primary season, we saw time and again what happened to candidates who fell short on one or more of these fronts.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 4:40pm

Unopposed Obama Aims for Good Showing in Iowa Caucuses

JOHNSTON, Iowa -- In the corner of a Panera Bread café, five campaign volunteers are hard at work, dialing likely caucus-goers and urging them to turn out on Tuesday.

These folks aren't calling on behalf of Mitt Romney or Michele Bachmann or any of the other Republican primary candidates participating in the nation's first nominating contest. Their candidate is President Obama. And even though Obama is an incumbent running unopposed, Democrats are using Tuesday's caucus as a test run to prepare for the 2012 general election.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 2:40pm

Will Iowa Produce a Viable Alternative to Romney?

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two questions loom over the traveling political carnival that has encamped here as the Des Moines Register prepares to release its final poll measuring the preferences of Iowa Republicans before Tuesday's caucuses. The first is obvious: Who will win the first-in-the nation contest? The second is attracting less attention but is ultimately more significant: Will the result change the overall dynamic of the GOP race?

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 2:40pm

Iowa Caucuses Pose Challenge to Pollster Ann Selzer

This is Ann Selzer's weekend in the spotlight. Her final poll for for the Des Moines Register ahead of Tuesday's caucuses will be released at 8 p.m. ET tonight online.

The polls—known for their accuracy—are a difficult assignment for Selzer, she told Yahoo News.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 2:40pm

Polling the Iowa Caucuses a Challenge for Pollster Ann Selzer

This evening, the final Des Moines Register poll ahead of Tuesday's Iowa Caucuses will be released, and, at least for the moment, pollster Ann Selzer could be viewed as the most powerful woman in American politics.

The polls—known for their accuracy—are a difficult assignment for Selzer, she told Yahoo News.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:40pm

Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Endorses Gingrich

Influential Iowa radio talk-show host Steve Deace is endorsing Newt Gingrich in Tuesday's Iowa Caucus, he announced on Friday.

Deace wrote on his website that he is attracted to Gingrich in part because of his views that judges should be held accountable.

Deace wrote that while he does not agree with some of Gingrich's decisions that he made in his personal life, his transparency about those issues won him over.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:40pm

Scenes Leading Up to Iowa -- PICTURES

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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:40pm

Washington Week Round Table: An Iowa Surprise?

Four days before the Iowa Caucuses, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul lead, but Rick Santorum may surprise come voting day. Plus, how will Congressional retirements affect Democrats' efforts to retain control of the Senate in 2012? Joining Gwen from Iowa: Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times. Around the table: Christina Bellatoni, CQ Roll Call; Susan Davis, USA Today.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 10:40am

Iowa Voters Confirm They're Listening to Negative Newt Ads

DES MOINES, Iowa –- Go on and ask a handful of Republican voters in Iowa why they ruled out one-time frontrunner Newt Gingrich.

“Too much baggage,’’ said 44-year-old Rob Reed of Waukee, in a commonly heard refrain that parrots, word for word, an attack ad bankrolled by Mitt Romney’s allies. In the pervasive television spot, the word “baggage’’ is repeated three times amid images of battered suitcases circling around an airport carousel.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 7:40am