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Race for US presidency takes off in Iowa
State known to ring in election season is now an official battleground.
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 12:34

The US state of Iowa is best known for kicking off America's presidential nominating contest every four years, but this election cycle, the midwestern state is in the spotlight as a key battleground in the November polls.

To further demonstrate the important role the state stands to play in the upcoming ballot, Barack Obama, the current US president, and Paul Ryan, the newly-named vice presidential pick of Obama's presumed rival, Mitt Romney, both arrived in the Hawkeye state.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Des Moines, Iowa.

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