UNO political scientist discusses Iowa caucus

Jan 2, 2012

Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist expects strong turnout for Tuesday's Iowa caucus.

The caucus begins at 7pm Tuesday. A Des Moines Register poll released Saturday shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with a two-point lead over Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in third place.

UNO Political Science Professor Paul Landow says it's too soon to tell if the caucus will result in a clear GOP frontrunner. "If Romney comes out on top, he'll be tagged as the clear frontrunner, he'll go in to New Hampshire with a lead and he's already expected to do quite well in New Hampshire. If Santorum or Paul win the thing, then it's kind of anybody's guess."

Landow says there's always a significant amount of interest in the Iowa caucus since it's the first in the nation. But he says interest is heightened this year because of the number of candidates and their high-profile nature.

KIOS-FM will bring you coverage of the Iowa caucus Tuesday from seven to 10 pm.