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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Retired farmer Terry McCrary of Marshalltown, Iowa, (R) and his grandson Nick Hofstetter listen to remarks by Republican 2012 presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul at a town hall meeting at the historic Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa, December 29, 2011. Polls indicate a tight race between Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich days before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, January 3,2012. UPI/Mike Theiler
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