The primary race in Iowa continues (39 images)

With the first national GOP presidential caucus looming ahead on Jan. 3, 2012, the candidates are hitting the road in Iowa looking to raise their profile, their standing in the polls and their chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination.
Updated: Jan. 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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Republican 2012 presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) looks from behind a Santa Claus along with Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio (L), as he arrives at Main Street Cafe, for a meet-and-greet of supporters, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, December 27, 2011, in advance of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, January 3,2012. UPI/Mike Theiler
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