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Marion locations set for Caucus
by Corey Munson and Dave Morris · December 22nd, 2011

The first step in the presidential elections gets underway in Iowa Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Both Republicans and Democrats will gather on this night to pick their candidate for president.

Locations for Republicans wishing to participate are as follows:

Marion 1-1: Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Avenue, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 1-2: Marion Home School Building, 440 S. 15th Street, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 1-3: Kirkwood Training Outreach Services, 3375 Armar Drive Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 2-1: Linn Grove Elementary School, 2301 50th Street, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 2-2: St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1790 14th Street, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 2-3: Linn Grove Elementary School, 1410 44th Street, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 3-1: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 915 27th Street, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 3-2: Marion High School Auditorium, 675 S 15th Street, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 3-3: Squaw Creek Park Prairie Oak Lodge, 4305 Squaw Lane, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 4-1: Linn Mar High School Main Auditorium, 3111 N. 10th Street, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 4-2: New Life Community Church, 275 W. 29th Avenue, Marion, IA. 52302

Marion 4-3: Christ Community Church, 3000 Alburnett Road, Marion, IA. 52302

By contrast, the Democrats will all meet at the large conference room at Kirkwood Training & Outreach building, 3375 Armar Dr, Marion.

Registered Democrats and Republicans may attend. If you are turning 18 by Election Day, you also may vote at your caucus.

The purpose of the caucuses is to elect delegates to each party's county convention. Support for particular presidential candidates is 'also measured at each caucus.

Republicans are given blank pieces of paper on which they write the name of the candidate they support.

Democrats generally gather at their caucuses in groups based on which candidate they are supporting. They woo each other throughout the caucus to come to consensus on who the precinct will support.

In the past,, caucuses have been an uneven predictor of who will eventually become a party's nominee for president.

Some examples from each major party:

In 2004, Democrat John Kerry won the Iowa Caucuses and later became the presidential nominee.

In 1992, native son and Democrat Tom Harkin won the Iowa Caucuses with 76 percent of the support. Bill Clinton, who became president, had 3 percent.

In 1980, Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated Ted Kennedy 59 percent to 31 percent and later became president.

In 2000, Republican George W. Bush had the most support, with 41 percent, and later became the nominee and president.

In 1988, Republican Bob Dole was the Iowa Caucuses winner with 37 percent of the support, compared to 25 percent for Pat Robertson, 11 percent for Jack Kemp, 7 percent for Pete DuPont and 19 percent for George H.W. Bush, who had 19 percent. Bush, then the sitting vice president under Ronald Reagan, went on to win the presidency.

In 1980, George H.W. Bush won the Iowa Caucuses over Ronald Reagan, who went on to become the nominee and president.
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