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Iowa

After the Caucus, Images from Iowa

The 2016 presidential primary is officially underway. Here are snapshots from the caucuses and the whirlwind of activity around them.

The caucuses themselves are more complicated than simply casting a ballot, and winning isn't necessarily about getting the most votes.  Voters equate to delegates—party members who are elected by each caucus to represent their neighbors at county conventions later in the year.

"The caucuses are unlike the voting experience that most people have," says Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer. “In order to participate in the caucus, you have to be ready to spend a couple of hours engaging in the process. I think the Iowans who are engaged in the caucus take the assignment they are handed very seriously. Ultimately, at the end of the night, those caucus-goers go home knowing that they've made a little bit of history.”

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    A cat walks past a window as Democratic party voters caucus for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the living room of a private residence in rural Deep River on Monday, Feb. 1.

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    Head Cruz, wife of Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, grabs her husband's chin after kissing him onstage during his campaign's caucus night celebration at the Elwell Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

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    Paper ballots for Donald Trump are dispersed during the caucus in the Brody Middle School cafeteria in Des Moines on Monday, Feb. 1.

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    Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines.

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    Republican caucus-goers sit in the gymnasium at Adel Elementary in Adel.

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    Jeb Bush speaks to members of the media and attendees at a campaign event in Des Moines on Monday, Feb. 1.

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    Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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    Supporters of Donald Trump wait in line to attend a campaign rally at the Gerald W. Kirn Middle School in Council Bluffs on Sunday, Jan. 31.

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    Boston residents Areden Jurskis, left, and Kenny Peach, are embraced by Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, after the couple became engaged during a campaign rally at the Iowa State Fair Elwell Center in Des Moines.

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    Chris Christie greets attendees during a campaign event at the Appanoose Rapids Brewery in Ottumwa on Friday, Jan. 29.

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    Martin O’Malley arrives for a campaign event at a private residence in Boone on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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    An attendee holds an illuminated campaign sign for Senator Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City.

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    Attendees wait for the arrival of Martin O’Malley during a campaign event at a private residence in Boone on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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    An attendee holds a plate of snacks during an event in Boone.

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    A supporter displays a custom-made figurine in the likeness of Hillary Clinton.

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    Donald Trump, top left, speaks during a campaign rally at Dubuque Regional Airport on Jan. 30.

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    Attendees cheer as Bernie Sanders leaves after speaking during a campaign rally at Danceland Ballroom in Davenport on Friday, Jan. 29.

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    Social activist Cornel West laughs while listening to Senator Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally in Davenport on Friday, Jan. 29.

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    A campaign sticker for Hillary Clinton lays on the floor near a sucker following an event in Davenport, Iowa.

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    The remains of a tomato thrown by a protester at Donald Trump at a rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 26. A few waves of protestors interrupted the event, and were escorted out.

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    Jerry Greenfield, center right, and Ben Cohen, center left, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings Inc., talk to supporters during a mock caucus at Drips coffee shop in Council Bluffs on Tuesday, Jan. 26. 

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    A U.S. Secret Service agent stands near an American flag ahead of an event with Hillary Clinton in Decorah on Tuesday, Jan. 26. 

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    A 1992 Des Moines Register newspaper showing a photograph of President Bill Clinton is displayed during an event in support of Hillary Clinton in Ames on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. 

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    Attendees’ shadows are cast on an American flag as Senator Marco Rubio speaks during a town hall event in West Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 26. 

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    A supporter sports a T-shirt with a montage of photographs of Senator Bernie Sanders.

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    Billie Jean King, former professional tennis player, wears Hillary Clinton sunglasses during an event at the Clinton campaign office in Ames, on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

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    A poster of Donald Trump outside a home in West Des Moines.

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    Senator Ted Cruz leaves a campaign rally in Independence on Monday, Jan. 25.

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    Attendees listen to Senator Bernie Sanders at an event at Grinnell College on Monday, Jan. 25.

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    Martin O'Malley speaks during a Democratic Town Hall event in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 25.

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    Hillary Clinton on stage at a Democratic Town Hall event in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 25.

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    Attendees listen as Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Muscatine on Sunday, Jan. 24.

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    A woman walks past a vendor table outside a campaign rally for Donald Trump in Muscatine on Sunday, Jan. 24. 

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    A group of demonstrators hold signs outside an event with Donald Trump in Muscatine, on Sunday, Jan. 24. 

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    Donald Trump waves to attendees as he prepares to leave a campaign rally in Muscatine on Sunday, Jan. 24. 

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    Attendees listen as Hillary Clinton speaks during an event at Vernon Middle School in Marion on Sunday, Jan. 24. 

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    Hillary Clinton, who promised that she would "work for every vote," is having to do just that.

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    Senator Ted Cruz greets attendees while arriving for an event in Maquoketa on Monday, Jan. 25.

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    A copy of the U.S. Constitution bearing an image of Senator Ted Cruz sits in the purse of an attendee during an event in Maquoketa on Monday, Jan. 25.

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    Supporter Jim Budde looks through a window while waiting for the arrival of Senator Ted Cruz in Maquoketa on Monday, Jan. 25. 

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    Demonstrators stand behind supporters of Senator Ted Cruz outside an event in Maquoketa on Monday, Jan. 25. 

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    Senator Bernie Sanders gestures during an event in Iowa Falls on Monday, Jan. 25.

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    An attendee wipes away a tear after speaking with Senator Bernie Sanders in Iowa Falls on Monday, Jan. 25.