Election 2016: Scenes From the Iowa Caucuses

After months of campaign ads, rallies and bus tours, Democratic and Republican candidates will face voters for the first time on Feb. 1, 2016, when Iowa voters head into the evening caucuses.

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Josh Kent celebrates at Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters as Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton look on during her caucus night event in the Olmsted Center at Drake University on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Clinton's campaign announced victory even as most media outlets declared the Democratic nomination a dead heat of 50-50 between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) too close to call.
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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and his wave Jane acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during his concession speech after finishing second in the Iowa Caucus, in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. Republican Senator Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses -- the first vote in the US presidential race -- in a tight contest with frontrunner Donald Trump and Senator Marco Rubio, NBC News' projections showed.
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Ballots filled in by Republican party caucus-goers are grouped by candidate to be counted in precinct 317 at Valley Church on Feb. 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Caucus-goers in precinct 317 arrive at Valley Church on Feb. 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Republican caucus-goers sign in ahead of the party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on Feb. 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Democratic caucus-goers wait to sign in ahead of the party caucus in precinct 317 at Valley Church on Feb. 1, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Kim Frederick of Houston, Texas arrives for the caucus night event of Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Olmsted Center at Drake University on Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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A campaign worker sticks his head out the door while on the phone at the campaign headquarters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Roberto Gonzales, center, of League City, TX, makes calls on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at his headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa on Feb. 1, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, accompanied with wife, Melania, second from right, pauses for a selfie while visiting Saint Francis of Assisi Church, a caucus site, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Political activist Lynda Farley, who calls herself "Smoking Granny," sits for a photograph in her minivan outside an event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2016.
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A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush holds up a placard as he speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016, ahead of the Iowa Caucus.
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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during the Bull Moose Club luncheon in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to supporters after being introduced by her husband, former U.S. president Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016, one day before the much anticipated state caucuses.
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A portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is seen at his campaign headquarters Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Paper ballots for Donald Trump are organized during the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus in the Brody Middle School cafeteria in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is greeted by his wife Melania Trump at a campaign rally at the Ramada Waterloo Hotel and Convention Center on Feb. 1, 2016 in Waterloo, Iowa.
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A sign inside the Iowa campaign headquarters of Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) indicates the countdown to the Iowa Caucus has ended. Volunteers will continue calling up until the caucuses open on Feb. 1, 2016 at 7pm CST.
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An arrow points to where volunteers go through training at a campaign office for democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Feb. 1, 2016 in Ankeny, Iowa.
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Senator Rand Paul (R-TX) speaks during a caucus day rally at his Des Moines headquarters on Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. He was accompanied by his wife, Kelly, mother, Carol Wells and his father, former Congressman Ron Paul. The Pauls were there to thank all the staff and volunteers for all their hard work in Iowa.
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Signs adorn the wall of the Rand Paul Des Moines campaign headquarters on Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Paul volunteers worked the phones in the final hours leading up to the start of the Iowa Caucus.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton deliver donuts for volunteers as she visits a campaign office on Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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A man holds a picture of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the rope line during a campaign event at the U.S. Cellular Convention Center, Feb. 1, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016, ahead of the Iowa Caucus.
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Caucus worker buttons are seen prior to voters arriving for the Republican Party Caucus at Keokuk High School on February 1, 2016 in Keokuk, Iowa.
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Volunteers makes calls on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at his headquarters in Urbandale, Iowa on Feb. 1, 2016. Volunteers will continue calling up until the caucuses open.
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Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives at the Bull Moose Club, Feb. 1, 2016 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa to speak during a luncheon.
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Guests listen as Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at a town-hall-style meeting on Jan. 31, 2016 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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Audience members wait for the start of a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Ramada Waterloo Hotel and Convention Center on Feb. 1, 2016 in Waterloo, Iowa.
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A customized truck sporting a RAND 2016 logo outside a breakfast campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at the HyVee Market Grille on Feb. 1, 2016 in Waukee, Iowa.
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Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley campaign for their candidate on a busy street corner during morning rush hour on Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. The U.S. presidential election kicks off today with voters taking part in the Iowa Caucus.
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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul campaign for their candidate on a busy street corner during morning rush hour on Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Members of the media watch GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as he holds a campaign rally at the Gerald W. Kirn Middle School on Jan. 31, 2016 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign event at Grand View University on Jan. 31, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a "get out the caucus" event at Iowa State University on Jan. 30, 2016 in Ames, Iowa.
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