Voting finally gets underway today in Iowa in the first-in-the-nation votes for the 2016 presidential race.
It’s all about turnout for the complicated caucus process of compiling votes and delegates.
Donald Trump has dominated recent polls on the GOP side followed by Ted Cruz whose momentum has stalled. Marco Rubio seems to be on the rise to numbers three. There are 30 delegates at stake for Republicans today.
On the Democratic side, 44 delegates at stake, and candidates must get at least 15% to get any delegates (looking at you Martin O’Malley). Hillary Clinton has led recent polls by small margins over Bernie Sanders, but Sanders has had momentum in the past few months and is looking to get his passionate young supporters to turn out.
Lots of live events to keep an eye on today:
1200ET – Donald Trump rally, Ramada Waterloo Hotel and Convention Center, 205 West 4th Street, Waterloo, IA ….5 NET POOL LIVE
1315ET – Bush countdown to caucus tour, Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown 101 East Locust Street, Des Moines…FNC LIVEU
1045ET -Christie Town Hall with Governor Branstad and Drake University Law Republicans, 2621 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA….FNC LiveU
1000ET – Kasich Town Hall, Rochester American Legion Post 7, 94 Eastern Ave. Rochester, NH…FNC LIVEU (DONNER)
1230ET – Kasich Town Hall, Portsmouth Country Club – 80 Country Club Lane Greenland, NH…FNC LIVEU (DONNER)
0930ET – O’Malley Media Availability with supporters Outside Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA…FNC LiveU (Blanchard)
1300ET-Paul Caucus Day Rally Rand Paul Iowa Office 1901 Bell Avenue, Suite 21 Des Moines, IA… FNC LiveU (Mangan)
0900ET- Rubio Scenic Route Bakery, Des Moines…5 net pool FOX
1230ET- Rubio stop at Ankeny HQ, Ankeny…5 net pool FOX
We get economic reports today on manufacturing and construction which should give us a clue into any possible slowdown.
A new report suggests China’s factory sector weakened further in January. Stocks are set to open lower and oil prices are lower again today.
We’re awaiting earnings from Google’s parent company Alphabet. Chipotle expected to get the all-clear from the feds after an E. Coli outbreak. It’s over according to federal health officials.
The World Health Organization is holding emergency meetings today over the Zika virus that is spreading like wildfire. WHO says the virus is likely to spread across almost all of the Americas.
U.N. peace talks on Syria begin today in Geneva. Major opposition groups and representatives from Syrian dictator Bashir Assad will be there.
Boko Haram terrorists are accused of war crimes after they set villages on fire in Nigeria over the weekend burning some children alive.
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