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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks to supporters gathered for the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Scenes from the Iowa Straw Poll

January 1, 1970

The 2012 Republican presidential race lurched into a new phase Saturday as Iowans weighed in for the first time on their expanding field of presidential hopefuls, picking Michele Bachmann as their top choice for the GOP nomination. (AP)