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The 2015 Iowa State Fair in Photos

U.S. presidential candidates are flocking to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines to campaign ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation nominating caucuses in February. Here's a look at their encounters with the voters, the media, and the food, as well as campaign stops elsewhere in the Hawkeye State. Photographs by Andrew Harrer and Daniel Acker

  1. Chris Christie
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    Chris Christie

    Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, works the grill at the Iowa Pork Producers tent during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 22, 2015. 

  2. Bobby Jindal
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    Bobby Jindal

    Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox on Aug. 22, 2015.

  3. Ted Cruz
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    Ted Cruz

    The reflection of Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, appears in the sunglasses of a supporter at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox in Des Moines on Aug. 21, 2015.

  4. Marco Rubio
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    Marco Rubio

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican candidate, flips pork burgers at the fair's Iowa Pork Producers booth on Aug. 17.

  5. John Kasich
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    John Kasich

    A mustache drawn by Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican candidate, appears on his image at the Iowa GOP booth during the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 18.

  6. Rick Perry
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    Rick Perry

    Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican candidate, casts his vote in the “Cast Your Kernel” election during the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 18.

  7. Lindsey Graham
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    Lindsey Graham

    Attendees wait for South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican candidate, at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox on Aug. 17.

  8. Ben Carson
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    Ben Carson

    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Republican candidate, greets attendees as he tours the fair on Aug. 16.

  9. Jeb Bush
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    Jeb Bush

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a Republican candidate, and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (left) eat pork chops on sticks next to Dana “Spanky” Wanken at the fair's Iowa Pork Producers Association stand on Aug. 14.

  10. Hillary Clinton
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    Hillary Clinton

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate, takes a selfie with fair attendees on Aug. 15.

  11. Carly Fiorina
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    Carly Fiorina

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a Republican candidate, speaks with children while looking at the butter cow in the fair's Agriculture Building on Aug. 17.

  12. Donald Trump
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    Donald Trump

    Billionaire Donald Trump, a Republican candidate, speaks to the media after arriving on his personal helicopter near the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Aug. 15.

  13. Martin O’Malley
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    Martin O’Malley

    Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate, speaks to attendees at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox on Aug. 13.

  14. Mike Huckabee
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    Mike Huckabee

    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican candidate, walks past a wall depicting the GOP presidential field at the fair on Aug. 13.

  15. Bernie Sanders
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    Bernie Sanders

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, speaks during a campaign stop in Marion, Iowa, on Aug. 16.

  16. Scott Walker
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    Scott Walker

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican candidate, speaks over protestors at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox on Aug. 17.

  17. Donald Trump
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    Donald Trump

    Trump greets attendees as he tours the fair on Aug. 15.

  18. Carly Fiorina
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    Carly Fiorina

    Fiorina signs an autograph as she greets diners at Starboard Market in Clear Lake, Iowa, on Aug. 14.

  19. Rick Santorum
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    Rick Santorum

    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, a Republican candidate, holds a glass of beer he poured during a campaign stop at Confluence Brewing Co. in Des Moines on Aug. 12.

  20. Hillary Clinton
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    Hillary Clinton

    Clinton and former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin talk to an exhibitor at the fair on Aug. 15.

  21. Ben Carson
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    Ben Carson

    Carson holds hands with two deacons at the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines on Aug. 16.