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Iowa Holds Caucuses, Kicking Off US Election

After almost a year of fierce campaigning, the U.S. presidential election officially began on Monday, with voters in Iowa casting their votes in caucuses. Residents gathered in churches, community centers, libraries and other public buildings in nearly 1,900 precincts across the rural Midwestern state. The results provide the first concrete look at voter sentiment in a year that so far has rewarded non-establishment candidates.
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Front page of the Des Moines Register newspaper, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/VOA)
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Front page of the Des Moines Register newspaper, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/VOA)

A caucus-goer registers at Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (M. Cagler/VOA)
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A caucus-goer registers at Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (M. Cagler/VOA)

Democrats sign in for their caucus in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
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Democrats sign in for their caucus in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

Democrats line up to enter into their caucus site in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
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Democrats line up to enter into their caucus site in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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