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AirTalk elections coverage 2016: What to expect as Iowa caucuses begin




Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) greets diners at Riley's Cafe on January 24, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) greets diners at Riley's Cafe on January 24, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Months on the campaign trail stumping and shaking hands have all led to this for Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.

Iowans will begin heading to caucuses this evening at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m CT, and the question looming over the Hawkeye State ahead of the voting is just how many people will turn out?

Polls are showing a tight race as the final hours tick down until the start of caucusing.

Quinnipiac’s latest poll has Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by three points and Trump holding a seven point lead over Ted Cruz. Will the frontrunners be able to activate their supporters in enough numbers to hold a lead or will a dark horse emerge in the final hour and surprise us all?

Guests:

Donna Hoffman, head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa

Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter for POLITICO; he tweets from @IsaacDovere