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Essential Politics: The countdown to Iowa begins

Essential Politics: The countdown to Iowa begins

We have a bit more than 72 hours until results begin to flow in from the Iowa caucuses, the first voting of the 2016 nominating process. But for many political insiders, there's another event 24 hours from now that is almost as eagerly awaited.

That would be the release of the Iowa Poll, conducted by Ann Selzer, who has an unmatched track record of accurately forecasting the caucus results. The poll, sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, is scheduled to be released at 5:45 p.m. CST on Saturday.

Good afternoon, I'm David Lauter, Washington bureau chief. Welcome to the Friday edition of...

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