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The Iowa caucuses have begun.
More than 100,000 Iowans are expected to cast ballots at 809 caucus sites, representing 1774 precincts throughout the state.
With 49% of the precincts reporting, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are virtually tied in the Iowa caucuses.
Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney each have 24%, while Representative Ron Paul has 22% of the votes. Mr. Santorum has a slight edge in votes, with about 50,000 votes cast so far.
The voting results are similar to those from CNN’s entrance poll of Iowans arriving earlier at caucus sites.
In 1959, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the forty-ninth state.
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The Huffington Post profiled Elizabeth Santorum, Rick’s twenty-year-old daughter and a piece of his “campaign infrastructure:”
It is tough, after all, being a young surrogate for a candidate/father clinging to an older worldview. Her father’s stance on same-sex marriage and gay rights, in particular, has caused some friction from non-supporters. “It’s a policy thing, he thinks this is the right thing for America and the foundations of our country,” she said of gay marriage…. Opposed to same-sex marriage herself, Elizabeth said she has gay friends who support her father’s candidacy based on his economic and family platforms. But her father’s doctrinaire opposition to change on these fronts has made her the occasional target at school and on the trail—”never aggressively,” she said, though “obviously, there are certain people that aren’t [respectful].”
You know what else is tough? Losing your home after the death of your spouse or seeing your husband deported because your marriage isn’t recognized by the federal government.
What is really interesting about the interview is Elizabeth’s claim to have gay friends. Just like her father. And Rick Warren and Joel Orstein and Sarah Palin.
All the high-profile homophobes seem to have gay friends!
Elizabeth Santorum has gay friends who support her dad based on his family platform? That is astonishing! Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his having compared sex between consenting adults of the same sex to child rape and bestiality? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his having asserted that gay relationships are a threat to “homeland security”? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his opposition to any legal recognition of same-sex relationships at all? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his promise to write anti-gay bigotry into the U.S. Constitution, forcibly divorce every same-sex couple that has gotten legally married in the U.S. over the last decade, and reinstate DADT? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his opposition to adoptions by same-sex couples?