Unlike GOP presidential primary seasons of the past, the one that begins in Iowa Tuesday was actually designed to slow down the emergence of a winner by stretching out the calendar and altering the delegate allocation rules. It will take until March 24 to allocate a bare majority of the delegates.
As the hours tick away toward Tuesday evening's first important contest of the 2012 presidential election season, the frontrunners are looking to hold their positions and the rest are trying to survive to fight again next week In New Hampshire.
While the other GOP contenders focus on Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the former Utah governor continues to concentrate on next week's New Hampshire primary. But he's going to have company in the Granite State very soon.
The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.
While all focus on has been on the future of the White House, the fate of the Senate hangs in the balance of 2012 as well. Host Audie Cornish talks with Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report about what's at stake in the U.S. Senate.
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