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July 7, 2008, 8:26 PM EDT
Des Moines, IA ( - Texas Governor George W Bush barnstormed his way through Iowa Monday, saying his victory in the state''s straw poll in the summer of '99 was a key step to securing his party's presidential nomination. In his "Barnstorm for Reform" tour, Bush told Iowans he would defeat his Democratic opponent, Vice President Al Gore in the upcoming general election. Bush toured a Des Moines manufacturing plant, where he told an enthusiastic crowd of supporters he "trusted people" to make decisions, not government.
July 7, 2008, 8:25 PM EDT
Des Moines, IA ( - Months, and in the case of some candidates, years of campaigning in Iowa comes to a close tonight, the night of the long awaited precinct caucuses.Despite the media attention, the caucuses will only draw an estimated 1 in 10 Iowa voters. About 200,000 residents of this state will attend their neighborhood caucuses and endorse a presidential candidate. The results will begin to trickle in after 9 o'clock (CDT).
July 7, 2008, 8:24 PM EDT
Ames, Iowa ( - Republican presidential candidates are doing their best to court voters at the Iowa State Fair leading up to Saturday's Straw Poll. Dan Quayle served iced tea at the Iowa Pork Producer's stand. At another location on the fairgrounds Steve Forbes talked taxes, and Pat Buchanan talked hogs and agriculture.Veteran political analyst Hugh Winebrenner of Drake University has added up the number of days candidates have been here. "Republicans have been in Iowa a total of 476 days, Democrats 98," said Winebrenner.