The US election is expected to be one of the most closely fought in decades [GALLO/GETTY] 

US presidential hopefuls are preparing for the first run of primaries and caucuses which will decide who will win the nomination for their political party.

In focus

In-depth coverage of the
US presidential election

Whoever wins the nominations for the Democratic and Republican parties will go on to contest the 2008 US election, already seen as potentially one of the most hotly contested in decades.

Al Jazeera examines how the race will is viewed outside the US and what the presidential race means for the rest of the world.

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Immigrants changing Iowa's towns

As Iowa kicks of the US elections, Mike Kirsch takes a look at how immigration is changing the face of one town.

Meet the US presidential candidates

Dave Marash reports from Washington on the contenders for the nation's top job. 

Iraqis sceptical about US elections

John Cookson asks Iraqis on the streets of Baghdad what they want and expect from a new US administration.



Source: Al Jazeera