Scenes From Iowa

Today, the Iowa Caucus takes place, the first major event of the presidential election process for 2016. Candidates have spent months (some of them years) visiting potential voters across the state, speaking in gymnasiums, cornfields, coffee shops, bingo halls, and church basements, posing for selfies, taking questions, then moving on to the next town. Gathered here are scenes from the past few frantic months as presidential hopefuls made appearances in every corner of the state. [41 photos total]

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A barn painted with the U.S. flag is seen in a snow covered field in Kanawha, Iowa, on January 16, 2016. (Jim Young / Reuters) #
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A volunteer at a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign event wears a shirt decorated with Sanders' image in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on January 19, 2016. (Jim Young / Reuters) #
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A giant poster of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands in the backyard of a supporter in West Des Moines on January 28, 2016. (Christopher Furlong / Getty) #
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Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush hugs an audience member during a campaign event at Greasewood Flats Ranch, on January 29, 2016, in Carroll, Iowa. (Paul Sancya / AP) #
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Congresswoman Susan Brooks speaks at a rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Governor Chris Christie at Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop in West Des Moines, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. (Brian Frank / Reuters) #
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / AP) #
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Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee walks through a field of corn while participating in the Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt hosted by Congressman Steve King outside of Akron, Iowa, November 1, 2015. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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A Secret Service agent provides security for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson before the start of a campaign event in Creston, Iowa, on January 22, 2016. (Jim Young / Reuters) #
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A scaled down version of the Statue of Liberty is seen on the side of the road in Jewell, Iowa, on January 16, 2016. (Jim Young / Reuters) #
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A woman tries to get her baby kissed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Scott Olson / Getty) #
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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at a campaign event at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. (Aaron Bernstein / Reuters) #
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Pictures of Hillary Clinton adorn the wall in her campaign headquarters on January 22, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Brendan Hoffman / Getty) #
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Former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley plays a guitar and sings after speaking at a campaign event at Grinell College in Grinell, Iowa, on January 27, 2016. (Tannen Maury / epa / Corbis) #
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Republican presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul points to a Corvette driven by a supporter before holding a town hall at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, on January 29, 2016. (Patrick Semansky / AP) #
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Magnolia Mandelko, 5, excitedly holds a campaign card and a drawing as she waits for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, to arrive at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / AP) #
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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 19, 2016. (Jim Young / Reuters) #
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The sun sets behind wind turbines in Fenton, Iowa, on January 29, 2016. (Joe Raedle / Getty) #
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McCoy Wicker, 5, right, takes pictures of Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, after a rally on January 30, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Jae C. Hong / AP) #
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Virginia Padovan, age 96, flags down Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for an autograph after a campaign event at Lucile's on January 26, 2016, in Centerville, Iowa. (Brendan Hoffman / Getty) #
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Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on January 30, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / AP) #
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Supporters react as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Clinton Middle School on January 30, 2016, in Clinton, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall / AP) #
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Alli Scholl, a supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, listens as he speaks at a campaign rally in Waterloo, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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Workers take down a U.S. flag following a campaign stop by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Family Fun Center in Adel, Iowa, on January 27, 2016. (Brian Snyder / Reuters) #
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Shell casings lie on the floor after Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took target practice at the Central Iowa Impact shooting range in Boone, Iowa, on January 30, 2016. (Brian Frank / Reuters) #
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in front of his airplane during a campaign event at Dubuque Regional Airport, on January 30, 2016, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Paul Sancya / AP) #
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Two women watch as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush departs the Cedar Falls Eagles Club in his vehicle after a campaign event on January 30, 2016, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Joshua Lott / Getty) #
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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz holds a news conference before a campaign event at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 30, 2016. (Patrick Semansky / AP) #
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A woman photographs Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as she addresses supporters and voters during a town hall style meeting at The Main Street Cafe and Bakery on January 28, 2016, in Ankeny, Iowa. (Christopher Furlong / Getty) #
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Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul fires an AR-15 rifle at an "IRS Tax Code" sign at Crossroads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa, on January 17, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / AP) #
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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Iowa, on January 30, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Evan Vucci / AP) #
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a supporter during a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School, on January 31, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Mary Altaffer / AP) #
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A woman tries to cover the face of a protester during a campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the campus of Drake University, on January 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Jae C. Hong / AP) #
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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University on January 30, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (Mary Altaffer / AP) #
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Laurie McBride watches as the campaign bus for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz arrives at a Rustix Restaurant and Event Center in Humboldt, Iowa, on January 7, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters) #
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley gestures as he speaks during a town hall at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, on January 27, 2016. (Patrick Semansky / AP) #
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A poster supporting Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz sits next to a Nativity scene outside the home of a supporter on January 29, 2016, in Carrol County, Iowa. (Christopher Furlong / Getty) #
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Jim Stuart of Elgin, Iowa, listens as Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, on January 8, 2016. (Scott Morgan / Reuters) #
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio plays corn hole after handing out pizza to Iowa State University Students camping out for basketball tickets on campus after speaking at a town hall at the Iowa State University Alumni Center in Ames, Iowa, on January 23, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / AP) #
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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clamor for autographs after a campaign rally at the Gerald W. Kirn Middle School on January 31, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Christopher Furlong / Getty) #
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Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz kisses his daughter Catherine, 4, as she plays on his lap while he waits offstage before being announced by radio and television personality Glenn Beck at a rally at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, on January 23, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / AP) #
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A campaign bus carrying Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders travels down the road after a campaign event at Luther College on January 24, 2016, in Decorah, Iowa. (Jae C. Hong / AP) #

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