All eyes on Iowa as first votes in 2016 are cast

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DES MOINES, Iowa (KXAN/AP) — At 7 p.m., the first Americans will caucus for who they want to be the new president. Will Donald Trump supporters show up to vote? Will Senator Ted Cruz’s grass roots campaign put him over the line? Could Florida Senator Marco Rubio pull an upset? All questions to be answered as a blizzard heads towards Iowa that could keep some people home. The first hurdle for the race for the race to the White House is only a few hours away.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump appears to hold a slim lead over Ted Cruz, while among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a surprisingly tight race.

In 2008, Democrats shattered records with nearly 240,000 participants in the caucus, far surpassing the 125,000 in 2004. Few expect turnout approaching 2008 levels but Sanders said a higher turnout would help him upset Clinton.

KXAN’s Robert Hadlock and Phil Prazan are in Iowa and will have the the results as the caucus winds down. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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