Live Blog: Iowa Caucuses

Political signs in Des Moines, Iowa

The caucuses are just wrapping up, and it looks like I may get my wish.  Ron Paul seems to be leading at the moment with Romney second, and Santorum third. I can’t wait to see the elite Republicans freak out if Paul wins. From CBS News:

Doors have closed at caucus precincts across Iowa, and early results from CBS News entrance polls show a three-way race for the Republican presidential nomination among Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Entrance polling reveals that Paul’s voters are male, younger, and many are first-time caucus goers. Romney’s voters are looking for someone who can beat President Obama, while Santorum’s voters looking for a true conservative.

Much data has yet to be collected, and those arriving earliest may not reflect the total caucus voters. The precincts closed their doors at 7 p.m. CT, leaving Republican voters in the Hawkeye State to be the first to weigh in on this year’s presidential contest. Mitt Romney took the lead among the early entrance polls four years ago, but finished second in the caucuses to Mike Huckabee, who was then the choice of evangelical conservatives.

USA Today has a Live Blog of events in Iowa, and so does CNN. CNN also has live video from several caucus sites.

I’m listening to MSNBC on satellite radio. What are you watching or listening to? What are you hearing? Who do you think is going to win this thing? Let us know in the comments. If you have found a good place to watch on-line, let me know and I’ll post it up here.

121 Comments on “Live Blog: Iowa Caucuses”

  1. 6% reporting, via nyt…

    1,229 24.2%
    Ron-paul_38 Paul
    1,204 23.7
    Mitt-romney_38 Romney
    1,132 22.3
    Newt-gingrich_38 Gingrich
    690 13.6
    Rick-perry_38 Perry
    460 9.0
    Michele-bachmann_38 Bachmann
    323 6.3
    Jon-huntsman_38 Huntsman
    26 0.5
    Others_38 No Preference
    9 0.2
    Others_38 Other
    7 0.1
    Herman-cain_38 Cain
    4 0.1
    Buddy-roemer_38 Roemer
    2 0.0

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Rachel Maddow just said results are too close to call among the three candidates, Paul, Santorum, and Romney. Theres only .3% difference between candidates.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Michele Bachmann’s inner circle are getting ready to tell her to call it quits. They don’t think she should go to South Carolina. She failed to get support from evangelical pastors–largely because she’s a woman.

  4. dakinikat says:

    foxnewspolitics foxnewspolitics
    Fox News decision desk projects Michele Bachmann will end in last place in Iowa GOP caucuses.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Gary Johnson has dropped his run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket and has endorsed Ron Paul.

  6. 16% reporting…
    Ron Paul
    3,821 24.1%

    Mitt-romney_50 Mitt Romney
    3,650 23.0

    Rick-santorum_50 Rick Santorum
    3,636 22.9

  7. ralphb says:

    Willard needs to lie faster. That’s his problem.

    Unlike Rick Perry who Charlie Pierce says is a man with his radio dial permanently stuck on Scan. 🙂

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Rick Santorum’s nephew has a hit piece on him at the Daily Caller.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    CNN also has live feeds from each of the candidates’ headquarters. It’s at their home page.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    This page at WNYC has a map that shows which counties are voting for whom and even has breakdowns of what kinds of people live in each county.

  11. 30% reporting… Romney, Paul, and Santorum are all within 0.1% of each other

    Mitt Romney
    7,425 23.1%

    Ron-paul_50 Ron Paul
    7,375 23.0

    Rick-santorum_50 Rick Santorum
    7,358 22.9

  12. peggysue22 says:

    They’re saying that Polk county holds 20% of the Iowa vote [or least did last time out]. Looks like final results there may decide it.

  13. Pat Johnson says:

    One thing is clear: the voters detest Romney since they are willing to give a pass to the likes of Ron Paul or Rick Santorum.

    See what happens when the MSM chooses only to cover the top tier candidates and ignores the bottom feeders until it is too late to expose them?

    Santorum is a direct tool of K Street, whining and moaning about our loss of freedoms while beating his chest with harnessing women as chattels.

    Ron Paul is a racist fool who has largely been ignored and treated as some cute, grumpy old man who hates, hates, hates government to the extent that he would abolish every agency in DC if given the chance.

    So the dumbbells in Iowa race to the polls and cast their vote for either one of these two morons who would never be able to face a general election without going down in flames.

    Michele got taken down early. Cain hung himself. Perry revealed his lack of intelligence. And Newt was and is a lying weasel with enough baggage to envy Louis Vuitton. But these two “winners”, down in the lower rungs of this stellar group, went unvetted until the end and all because the GOP detests the idea of a Mitt Romney.

    I also but it just goes to show how little love there is for him if either Paul or Santorum is able to “best” him in this insignificant race.

    • ralphb says:

      There’s a lot about Willard to hate but not as much as those other clowns. They really are just flat out insane. I can only conclude that the republican “base” is also nuts.

  14. Fox saying Romney 1st and Santorum 2nd with 80% reporting

  15. bostonboomer says:

    NBC is projecting that Ron Paul is going to be third. It’s still too close to call between Romney and Santorum.

  16. Pat Johnson says:

    I’ll “call” Romney and Santorum:

    One is a flaming asshole and the other is mechanical asswipe.

  17. peggysue22 says:

    Now Santorum is 13 votes ahead of Romney. 88% in

  18. peggysue22 says:

    CNN aligns with ABC: Ron Paul is 3rd place.

  19. Romney technically ahead… 89% reporting

    Romney 27,101 25%
    Santorum 26,976 25%

  20. ralphb says:

    oops, there’s a UCMJ violation, active duty military campaigning in uniform. That’s a big No-No.

  21. 93% reporting
    Santorum pulling ahead

  22. bostonboomer says:

    I sat through Newt’s speech, but I had to shut Michele off. She’s calling Obama a socialist and his health care plan “socialized medicine.” Good grief!

  23. still too close to call at 96%

  24. Minkoff Minx says:

    The cows in the field next to my house are voicing their discontent…sounds like a car alarm going off!

    It is going to be close…my bet is on the flaming ass!

  25. OMG Goodhair’s speech is so ridiculous

    • bostonboomer says:

      I had to turn it off. I was getting embarrassed.

    • ralphb says:

      He’s still stuck on Scan 🙂

      The very first thing he said about the Ag Commissioner race in TX was an outright lie. Then he went downhill from there.

  26. Minkoff Minx says:

    RICK 29,210
    MITT 29,173

    Per Drudge

  27. Minkoff Minx says:

    Per CNN



    98% estimated in

  28. Minkoff Minx says:


    Updated 12:29 a.m. EST, Jan 4, 2012
    Republicans »VotesVote%



    99% estimated in

  29. “Airplanes and SUVs oh my!” WTF is Santorum saying?

  30. Minkoff Minx says:




    99% estimated in

  31. Minkoff Minx says:





    99% estimated in

  32. Turdblossom’s latest electoral calculations are that Romney may reverse Santorum’s lead but probably not

  33. anyone else watching Fox & fools? Is it just me or does Megyn Kelly seem personally invested in Romney’s campaign?

    • ralphb says:

      Not watching but I wouldn’t be surprised. Half the Fox people are probably connected to it in some way.

  34. What the hell? Iowa GOP official doesn’t know where the remaining votes are?!

  35. Time for late night political insomniac jukebox….

    What’s Going On… Marvin Gaye…

  36. Minkoff Minx says:

    This is cute: Watch The Entire CNN Team Lose It At 1:30 AM Waiting For Iowa Results | Mediaite

    Anderson Cooper seemed to sense that all was lost and asked, “have we all just given up?” to which Ali Velshi responded “it is evident from the social media screen that people are going to sleep.” For no apparent reason, this made Cooper explode in laughter. “Again with the social media screen? This is the third hit and I still don’t understand what the hell this thing shows!” Velshi then tried to explain– but not before telling Roland Martin to stop laughing. It didn’t really seem to stop him– or anyone else on the set– from laughing.