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TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro tweets this photo from an Iowa caucus night event attended by Rick Perry’s wife, Anita Perry, telling people how her husband will ‘promote faith’ in the White House, “he wont be playing golf on Sunday mornings.”

On Fox News, analysts Karl Rove and his colleague are looking at Dubuque and Polk County, which includes Des Moines and it’s environs. In Dubuque, the population is heavily Catholic, so if Santorum stalls there he won’t make the top slot. In Polk County, Rove predicts, will be a bellwether for Romney; if he doesn’t get 25%-30% there, then he’ll be in trouble.

President Barack Obama is set to conduct a video teleconference with Democratic Iowa caucus-goers at 8:15 CT, per pool report:



Pool departed the White House and arrived at the Capitol Hilton at 7:59 p.m. The president will conduct a video teleconference with Democratic Iowa caucus-goers (yes, they do exist). Pool will view the event on a big screen in a separate room in the hotel. We’re holding now.

The Iowa caucuses are officially underway, with entrance polls showing a three-way race between Romney, Paul and Santorum, CBS News reports.

TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro tweets this photo from an Iowa caucus night event attended by Rick Santorum, sans his trademark sweater vest.

Rick Santorum pushed back on conventional wisdom that he will not be the nominee despite a strong showing in Iowa, telling ABC News: “This is the first step, this is the first step…A win here is a start, but it’s a start. It’s not the culmination, it’s a start. It’s not the culmination, it’s the beginning.”

TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro tweets this picture of J.S. Watts in Iowa, supporting Newt Gingrich. Follow Evan for live updates.

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