Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Thom Hartmann: Will the Occupy Iowa Caucus be successful?

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It's Iowa Caucus day!
Despite endless debating, campaign ads, and TV punditry over the last few months - the Republican race to the White House officially begins this evening as Iowans gather to choose which Republican they'd like to see run against President Obama this year.
Polls show a dead heat at the top between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul - with a surging Rick Santorum in third and a collapsing Newt Gingrich in fourth. And considering Iowans have a history of choosing oddball candidates - like Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Michele Bachmann in last year's straw poll - it's anyone's guess who might come out on top in the Hawkeye state at the end of the night.
One thing that is certain is that Republicans are temporarily putting a hold on their war against voters. Iowa is just one of nine states in the nation that allows for same-day voter registration, meaning people can go to the polls, register to vote, and then immediately vote all at the same time.
Studies show that same-day voter registration boosts voter participation by as much as 7%. Also - Iowa will not be checking any voter photo IDs as so many other right-wing states are now demanding. So whoever does come out on top - will be there thanks to the voice of the people. That is unless the Republican Party - using the excuse of a threat of an Anonymous hack attack - sabotages the caucus to prevent Ron Paul from winning.
Or - if the Occupy Iowa Caucus movement is successful in catapulting "uncommitted" to the top of the Republican field for the win. Either way - it should be an interesting night - stay tuned.
(Who do you think will win? Tell us here.)

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