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Iowa Caucus: scenes from the campaign trail

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Eight votes.

One tired photographer.  Well, we might want a recount of the tired photographers…

Of the 122,225 ballots cast in the Iowa Caucus on Tuesday evening, that razor-thin margin gave former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney a victory over a surging Rick Santorum.  It made for a long night to conclude Iowa’s first-in-the-nation vote in the Presidential nomination process.  From now on, anyone who ever mutters, “Aw, my vote won’t make a difference…” will be quickly directed by political historians to look up the 2012 Iowa Caucus.

After taking a day to unwind from the persistent frenzy that comes with photographing the caucus campaigning and results, I’ve compiled a few favorites here from my busy December covering the political action for some great editorial clients like McClatchy-Tribune, The Sunday Telegraph and ZUMApress.com.

Well done, Iowa, the field has been set.

Edward Lewis of Wales, Iowa holds a welcome banner while waiting for the arrival of Mitt Romney outside The Family Table restaurant in Atlantic, Iowa on Sunday, January 1, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Political activist • Atlantic

Mitt Romney smiles during a town hall meeting to discuss jobs and the economy at Diamond V, an animal nutrition company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday, December 9, 2011.   (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Mitt Romney • Cedar Rapids

Ron Paul supporter Robert McNamara, left center, of Spillville, Iowa sits with a newly-claimed campaign sign while waiting for Congressman Paul to arrive to a campaign stop in Waverly, Iowa on Friday, December 9, 2011. (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Ron Paul town hall meeting • Waverly

Gov. Mitt Romney supporter Margo Nahas of Adel, Iowa waits for the arrival of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the outset of a rally in support of Gov. Mitt Romney Wednesday evening, December 7, 2011 in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Romney supporters • West Des Moines

during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on December 28, 2011. (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Paul Banner • Des Moines

MItt Romney takes questions from the media following a town hall meeting to discuss jobs and the economy at Diamond V, an animal nutrition company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday, December 9, 2011. (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Media availability • Cedar Rapids

Ron Paul waves to supporters at the conclusion of a campaign speech during an evening rally in Des Moines, Iowa on December 28, 2011. (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Ron Paul • Des Moines

Rick Perry campaigns in Carroll, Iowa Monday, January 2, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Rick Perry • Carroll

Rick Santorum campaigns at a cafe in Polk City, Iowa on Monday, January 2, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Breakfast with the media • Polk City

Rick Santorum, riding a timely surge in the polls, campaigns at a cafe in Polk City, Iowa on Monday, January 2, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Rick Santorum • Polk City

Gov. Rick Perry high-fives seven-year-old Eric Torneten of Harlan, Iowa while campaigning in Carroll, Iowa on Monday, January 2, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Rick Perry pressing flesh • Carroll

Mitt Romney makes a campaign stop at The Family Table restaurant in Atlantic, Iowa on Sunday, January 1, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Mitt Romney stump speech • Atlantic

during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on December 28, 2011. (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Listening to the platform • Des Moines

Mitt Romney is surrounded by media and supporters while making a campaign stop at The Family Table restaurant in Atlantic, Iowa on Sunday, January 1, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Photo op • Atlantic

during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on December 28, 2011. (Christopher Gannon/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Tattooed Ron Paul supporter • Des Moines

Rick Perry sits on a stool while being introduced at a campaign stop in Carroll, Iowa Monday, January 2, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Introducing Rick Perry • Carroll

After collecting a few campaign signs, Carey Pomykata of Omaha, Neb. waits to catch a glimpse of Mitt Romney while standing near his tour bus in Atlantic, Iowa on Sunday, January 1, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Sightseeing • Atlantic

Rick Santorum points out the pleasures of traveling in a pickup truck during a campaign stop at a cafe in Polk City, Iowa on Monday, January 2, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Rick Santorum’s puckup truck • Polk City

Mitt Romney makes a campaign stop at The Family Table restaurant in Atlantic, Iowa on Sunday, January 1, 2012.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Mitt Romney’s handler • Atlantic

Stage hand RICHIE BEANAN of Milwaukee, Wisconsin irons the American Flag while preparing the Iowa caucus rally site for Republican Presidential hopeful MITT ROMNEY on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Christopher Gannon/Zuma Press)Freshly pressed stage flag • Des Moines

Mitt Romney following the Iowa caucus Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Caucus night Romney supporter • Des Moines

WILLIAM OSBERGHAUS, right, of St. Louis, Mo. watches the close Iowa caucus results with others at Mitt Romney's rally site following the Iowa caucus Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Christopher Gannon/ZUMA Press)Watching the returns • Des Moines

Mitt Romney supporters erupt upon learning that Romney has taken a slight lead over Rick Santorum as results come in after the Iowa caucus Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Mitt Romney takes a slight lead • Des Moines

Mitt and Ann Romney arrive to the stage to deliver an Iowa Caucus  victory speech Tuesday night , January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)Romneys emerge to victory • Des Moines

MITT ROMNEY, with wife ANN, right, delivers a speech following the Iowa caucus Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Christopher Gannon/ZUMA Press)Rally speech • Des Moines

Mitt Romney greets supporters following the Iowa caucus Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  (Christopher Gannon/GannonVisuals.com/MCT) (Christopher Gannon)On to New Hampshire • Des Moines

 

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One Response to “Iowa Caucus: scenes from the campaign trail”

  1. Great photos! They capture the personality and flavor of the Iowa caucuses….nice work!

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