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Results: Huge night in Iowa for Obama and Huckabee
  • Barack Obama wins, Clinton and Edwards neck and neck in Democratic race, CNN projects
  • CNN projects Republican Mike Huckabee wins too; "I love Iowa, a whole lot," he says
  • Entrance polls indicated young Dems went for Obama; Huckabee favored by religious voters
  • Joe Biden and Chris Dodd withdraw from Democratic race
  • Full Iowa Results | Democratic Scorecard | Republican Scorecard
Latest State Poll of Polls
Post-Christmas average of Democratic polling:
Clinton
29%
Obama
28%
Edwards
24%
Richardson
8%
Biden
5%
Dodd
2%
Kucinich
1%
Gravel
**
Post-Christmas average of Republican polling:
Huckabee
29%
Romney
27%
Thompson
12%
McCain
11%
Giuliani
7%
Paul
7%
Hunter
1%
This post-Christmas poll of polls is based on five polls. ** Less than one-half of 1 percent.
Demographics

2,926,324
Population
93.9%
White
2.1%
Black
0.3%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1.3%
Asian
0.0%
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
1.1%
Mixed Race
1.3%
Other Race
$39,469
Median Household Income
9.1%
Percentage Income in Poverty, 1999
14.9%
Percentage Age 65 and Up
21.2%
Percentage with College Degree
2.8%
Percentage Hispanic
3.4%
Unemployment Rate as of 11/2006
The Associated Press
Past General Elections
2004 Bush (R) 50.0% Kerry (D) 49.3%
2000 Gore (D) 48.5% Bush (R) 48.2%
1996 Clinton (D) 50.3% Dole (R) 39.9%
1992 Clinton (D) 43.3% Bush (R) 37.3%
1988 Dukakis (D) 54.7% Bush (R) 44.5%
1984 Reagan (R) 53.3% Mondale (D) 45.9%
1980 Reagan (R) 51.3% Carter (D) 38.6%
1976 Ford (R) 49.5% Carter (D) 48.5%
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Past Highlights
DEMOCRATS
2000: Al Gore scores decisive caucus victory over Bill Bradley
1992: "Favorite son" Tom Harkin gets 76 percent of the vote
1976: Jimmy Carter seen as winner despite placing 2nd behind "Uncommitted"
REPUBLICANS
2000: George W. Bush records highest percentage ever in contested GOP caucus
1996: Pat Buchanan gains major momentum from second-place finish
1980: George Bush's small win exceeds expectations and is seen as major upset
Caucus Process
On the night of January 3, 2008, thousands of registered voters will attend party meetings -- or caucuses -- in precincts across the state. There, they'll break up into groups, according to whom they support for president. Based on those groupings, each precinct will send a number of delegates to the first in a series of conventions, culminating in the national conventions in late summer.
Current Government
Governor: Chet Culver (D) re-election 2010
Senator: Tom Harkin (D) re-election 2008
Senator: Charles Grassley (R) re-election 2010
U.S. House delegation: 3 Democrats, 2 Republicans
State Senate: 30 Democrats, 20 Republicans
State House: 54 Democrats, 46 Republicans
State Capital: Des Moines
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