Iowa caucus day is here!
The six GOP presidential hopefuls who are courting Iowa voters have a busy day ahead, working to turn out their bases and to woo the more than 40 percent of likely caucus-goers who say they have not yet decided on a candidate.
And, notably, all six of the GOP contenders competing in Iowa will remain in the Hawkeye State tonight for post-caucus events, whether they win or lose. (Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has been spending the run-up to Iowa campaigning in that other first-in-the-nation state, New Hampshire.)
So, where are the candidates spending their time today – and delivering their all-important post-caucus speeches? They’ll be mostly in and around Des Moines. Here’s the rundown:
CAUCUS NIGHT EVENTS:
Mitt Romney holds a caucus night event at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines.
Ron Paul holds a caucus night event at the Courtyard Marriott in Ankeny. (Ten miles outside of Des Moines)
Rick Santorum holds a caucus night event at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston. (Ten miles outside of Des Moines)
Rick Perry holds a caucus night event at the Sheraton in West Des Moines.
Newt Gingrich holds a caucus night event at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Michele Bachmann holds a caucus night event at the Marriott in West Des Moines.
Here’s a look at what else the candidates are up to today (Courtesy of the PBS NewsHour Political Calendar and campaign advisories; all times Eastern):
8:10 a.m.: Mitt Romney holds a rally in Des Moines.
10 a.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a campaign event at Elly’s Tea in Muscatine.
10:10 a.m.: Rick Perry hosts an event in West Des Moines.
10:45 a.m.: Michele Bachmann delivers remarks at an event at Valley High School in West Des Moines.
11:10 a.m.:Michele Bachmann holds a press availability in West Des Moines.
11:45 a.m.: Ron Paul addresses a “Rock the Caucus” event in West Des Moines.
12:30 p.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a campaign event in Burlington Iowa.
2 p.m.: Rick Perry holds a town hall at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines.
3:30 p.m.: Rick Perry holds a town hall at Nationwide in Des Moines.
4:30 p.m.: Newt Gingrich holds a tele-town hall.
6:30 p.m.: Michele Bachmann delivers remarks at the Black Hawk County Caucus Super-Site in Cedar Falls.
7 p.m.: Newt Gingrich delivers remarks at a Black Hawk County Caucus gathering in Cedar Falls.