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Caucus Night in Keokuk

Feb 2, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

After more than a year of build-up and anticipation, Iowans finally gathered in schools, churches, and community centers Monday night to officially kick-off the Presidential voting season. They spent an hour, on average, listening to speeches about the candidates, checking a square on a ballot, and pleading with their neighbors, friends, and strangers to back their candidate.

Iowa Public Radio's Joyce Russell, Sarah Boden, Amy Mayer

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses for the Republican presidential nomination, while the Democratic race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was considered neck-and-neck early this morning.

It was not your typical Tuesday afternoon at Beef, Bread & Brew in Keokuk. The parking lot was filled, the nearby side streets were lined with vehicles, and a major cable network had a satellite truck parked outside. The restaurant was filled with more than 100 people eager to meet U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who brought his Presidential campaign to Lee County.

When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the first-term Texas Republican, in the run-up to the Tea Party-engineered government shutdown included in his 21-hour filibuster a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” he may have been trying to show what he has in common with everyday Americans. He actually showed his ignorance.