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Published January 03, 2012, 10:31 PM

Republicans battle it out at Iowa Caucus

Des Moines, IA (WDAY TV) - The first test of the 2012 presidential race is history in Iowa. That is where the first-in the nation caucuses were held. One man has bragging rights we just don't know who that man is yet.

The first test of the 2012 presidential race is history in Iowa. That is where the first-in the nation caucuses were held. One man has bragging rights we just don't know who that man is yet.

The race is too close to call, a three way race between Rick Santorum, Representative Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Iowa native and Minnesota representative Michele Bachmann is near the very bottom of the field of 9 names on the ballot.

When a winner is declared, we will pass it on to you. The caucuses are the start of the campaign to pick a challenger to President Obama in the fall.

An entrance survey of voters found the economy and the federal budget deficit are top issues for caucus attendees -- more than abortion or health care. Democrats also held caucuses.

President Obama hosted a live web conference from Washington and told Iowa democrats they share the credit for helping to end the Iraq war and passing health care legislation.

The next test for republicans is next week's New Hampshire primary, a state Jon Huntsman hopes to win after declaring “nobody cares” about Iowa.

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