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Destination: Iowa

Hold on to your hats, everybody. We’re less than a week away from the crucial Iowa Caucuses, which means we’re about to be beaten over the head with politics (for those in Iowa, I feel for you.) In this final sprint to the first state to cast ballots in 2016, candidates ramp up the rhetoric; the mud flies from all angles and the talking points get a bit more bizarre as politicians get a bit more desperate.

Ah, democracy in action.

The Republicans square off on Wednesday in the final debate before Iowa, so the lead up to Monday’s vote should be chock-full of…moments. Following social media during these events is always entertaining, and with a still-crowded Republican field you can bet the candidates will pull out all the stops in an attempt to score last-minute points. There will be some Twitter fodder for sure.

Things are a bit simpler on the Dem side of the aisle, but Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders appear to be polling within the margin of error in Iowa. There’s also Martin O’Malley, but when you’re the inspiration for the best-television-show ever’s-worst-mayor-ever, it will reflect in your numbers the entire campaign. The Hillary/Bernie mud fight will definitely get dirtier this week.

So what is the winning strategy as the days tick away? Is it making the most noise, or making substantive policy appeals? Is it going on the attack or taking the high road? One thing’s for sure, you need to dominate the news cycle—and one oddly-coiffed man has shown he’s the guy to beat in that department.

So buckle up, folks. Things are about to get real, real quick. No one knows for sure who will emerge victorious, but I think we all know it’s going to be entertaining.

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