Iowa Caucus: Contest heats up as presidential hopefuls offer last arguments

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were both leading in the polls, but not enough to assure victory in Monday’s caucuses

Des Moines: Republican and Democratic candidates made last-gasp appeals to Iowa voters just hours before the first nominating contest of the 2016 campaign.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

The presidential hopefuls will learn whether the time, effort and money they poured into their campaigns have been rewarded with the kind of strong showing here that would lend huge momentum to their cause when the race shifts toward the next vote, in New Hampshire.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton both were leading in the polls, but not by enough to assure victory for either candidate in Monday’s caucuses. Throwing a wrench in the works, forecasters say a major winter storm is brewing in the west, threatening to bring snow to parts of Iowa.

Most of the 12 Republicans and three Democrats in the race were holding several weekend events. Hillary Clinton, seeking to stave off a surge by Bernie Sanders, was leaving nothing to chance, and warned that the policy proposals of her main rival were pie-in-the-sky idealism. Vermont senator Sanders declared his race with Clinton a “tossup.”

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