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Campaign trail 2012: Iowa caucuses evening update

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 3 2012 5:26 p.m. MST

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney autographs campaign materials for supporters on the morning of the Iowa Caucuses at the Temple for Performing Arts January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Iowa Republican caucuses start at 6 p.m. MST, and results should start coming in about 90 minutes thereafter. You can stick with the Deseret News throughout the evening for live blogging and the latest election results.

In the meantime, here's a sampling of the latest reporting from the Hawkeye State:

About 600,000 Iowans are registered Republicans, and of those more than 100,000 are expected to congregate in 1,774 precinct caucuses. The

Washington Post: "After months of talking and thousands of words, the Republican campaign in Iowa reached its terminal phase on Tuesday. There was only time for insults. 'Ron Paul is disgusting,' former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told a handful of Fox News reporters Tuesday morning. … 'Very liberal.' Paul said that Monday about Santorum, his main opponent in the long contest to be the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. … A liar. That's what former House speaker Newt Gingrich — still trying to be an alternative to all of the above — said about Romney on CBS's 'Early Show' Tuesday morning."

New York Times: In a Tuesday address to students from Des Moines Christian Academy, Rick Santorum strongly invoked religion and the Bible. "Santorum was unusually disparaging of Mr. (Barack) Obama and what he described as the president's misguided values. 'The Obama administration has a set of values,' he told a gathering of hundreds of students in the gymnasium of the school, which is just outside Des Moines. 'Our values are based on religion, based on the Bible. Their values are based on the religion of self.' He added, his voice rising in anger: 'In their world, if it's religiously based or biblically based, it's out. If it's anything else, bring it on in. You know what's at stake in this election? That value structure.'"

Politico: "Mitt Romney, whose campaign has grown increasingly confident about a win or a very strong finish in a state that broke the former Massachusetts governor's heart four years ago, told MSNBC that he'd be 'among the top group' and that Iowa will give him 'the kind of send-off we need for a pretty long campaign season.' Eleventh-hour polls showed Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul vying for the lead, and the perceived volatility of the race was giving the entire field dreams of an Iowa surprise."

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