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Your Guide To An Iowa Caucus In 52 Pictures

I spent caucus night in Newton, Iowa. This is what went down. After reading this post you should know EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about an Iowa caucus. It was awesome.

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Everyone has to wear a nametag. It's like your admittance ticket to the caucus.

A really cute old lady was checking nametags to make sure everyone was wearing one. I had to wear a green one because I was press.

9.

The only other press there was Mike from the Newton Daily News. He was really helpful and gave me a bunch of tips. Mike was profiling an 18-year-old from Newton who was voting for the first time for the paper.

13.

I talked to a bunch of the people there. Everyone was INCREDIBLY friendly. Way more friendly than any presidential candidate meeting event I went to.

This guy still didn't know who he was going to caucus for.

18.

Before the caucus started, people were greeting each other and hanging out in the hallway.

I heard the lady on the left talking about how she thought Obama was going to win the election.

She said: "Obama is gonna win anyways. So if we pray in our enough we can change it (his position on abortion). We didn't pray enough when Clinton was President and see what happened. I think if we pray hard enough we can make it happen."

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And then the Chair asked if anyone had anything to say about the candidates. He read the candidates names in alphabetical order and if anyone wanted to say something they raised their hand. Everyone was limited to 2 minutes.

Here's what some of the people said.

37.

This lady was for Perry.

One of the things she said was: "As a born again Christian I am always so pleased when Rick talks about his roots. I like that. It would have to take a miracle, I know he's not going to win."

39.

After they finish speaking about the candidates, they vote. The votes are collected in a box.

For some reason, you can only fill out the ballot in pencil.

This was the pencil lady.

41.

In another room while they were counting the ballots, the Chair called for an open discussion on issues.

Abortion came up.

The guy said abortion was murder and that if he did what they do to babies, he'd be arrested. The lady surprisingly disagreed with him. She said, "Abortion is a personal decision. It's gonna happen anyway."

49. Newton 4-2:

This was the only ward I didn't get a picture of the results, but I did hear them. Here's how it went down:

Perry: 2

Santorum: 11

Newt: 5

Romney: 10

Bachmann: 7

Ron Paul: 11

Huntsman: 0

(The Chair forgot to say Huntsman, but someone in the crowd said something)

50.

After the presidential vote, they have to nominate delegates for the state Republican convention in March. It can be anyone in the room. People were basically nominating their spouses.

After that they pick junior delegates (kids).

And after that they submit stump platforms, which are basically just issues they want the Republican party to discuss. This is one I found. It's an obvious dig at the Iowa judges who ruled in favor of gay marriage.

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