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Iowa caucuses: tractors, pizza and plenty of coffee (read-this roundup)

Hannah Albrecht attends a speech by GOP candidate Rick Santorum at the Daily Grind coffee shop, Sioux City. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Poor Iowans, it seems, can hardly escape a “meet-and-greet,” a rally or the dreaded “whistle-stop” by one of the GOP hopefuls. They probably can’t throw an ear of corn without hitting one. In Tuesday’s Washington Post alone, we had the following itineraries, which made us exhausted thinking of the required Facebook updating:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was a blur, according to our colleague Amy Gardner, hitting a “farm exhibit” in Independence, Mabe’s Pizza in Decorah, the Chocolate Season in Algona, the Dubuque Golf and Country Club and the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Walford. In Independence, Gingrich stood alongside “Big Bud, the world’s largest tractor,” according to our colleagues Karen Tumulty and David Farenthold.

Former senator Rick Santorum visited the Smokey Row coffee shop in Oscaloosa, the Reising Sun Cafe in Polk City and a restaurant in Marshalltown, reported Rosalind S. Helderman.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry was at the Stoney Creek Inn, Tumulty and Farenthold reported, while former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was at a rally in Marion.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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