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Sandy Johnson is a journalist equally addicted to politics and gardening. Follow her on Twitter @sandykjohnson

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Iowa nail-biter launches presidential campaign

Posted on 01/4/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayThank you, Iowa, for a thrilling opener to the 2012 presidential election! Drum roll, please. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney eked out an eight-vote victory over former Sen. Rick Santorum, 24.6 percent to 24.5 percent. Rep. Ron Paul came in third at 21.5 percent. Voters over 50 dominated the caucuses, accounting for six in 10 votes. Those 50 to 64 split their votes between Romney and Santorum. Of those over 65, 33 percent preferred Romney; Santorum was second choice, at …

In Iowa, it’s handshake-to-handshake combat

Posted on 12/27/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayEverything that’s wonderful about the Iowa caucuses is on parade in the frenzied days before the Jan. 3 showdown. It’s handshake-to-handshake combat, retail politicking at its finest. You can find Michele Bachmann praying on a Sunday morning with the congregation of the Harvest Baptist Church in Fort Dodge and then by day’s end admiring the beer-can Christmas tree at the Thirsty Dog Lounge in Manly. Or Newt Gingrich autographing a box of Corn Pops for a supporter at a rally …