MoJo Author Feeds: Joe Scott | Mother Jones Mother Jones logo en Scenes from the Iowa Caucus Circus <img src="" alt="" title="" width="635" height="425" class="imagecache imagecache-node-gallery-display"/><div class="caption">Rick Santorum chomps down on a boneless Buffalo Wild Wing and catches some of the Pinstripe Bowl football game between Iowa State and Rutgers during an appearance days before his close second place showing in Iowa.</div><p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/photoessays/2012/01/scenes-iowa-caucus-circus"><strong><em>See all photos from this photo essay &raquo;</em></strong></a></p><div class="photoessay-body"><p>From a flurry of presidential stump speeches to Occupy protests outside political headquarters, the build-up to the 2012 Iowa caucuses captured the attention of media around the world. Then it was all over in the blink of an eye as GOP&nbsp;favorite Mitt Romney edged out social conservative rival Rick Santorum by just eight votes, with Ron Paul placing third as the horserace moves on to New Hampshire.</p> </div> Photoessays Photo Essays Elections Wed, 04 Jan 2012 22:03:17 +0000 Photographs and text by Joe Scott 154796 at Scenes From GOP's Iowa Presidential Blitz <img src="" alt="" title="" width="635" height="400" class="imagecache imagecache-node-gallery-display"/><div class="caption"><p>The Values Voter Bus, endorsed by the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, arrives at a Pizza Ranch in Boone August 12.</p></div><p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/photoessays/2011/08/michele-bachmann-ames-straw-poll"><strong><em>See all photos from this photo essay &raquo;</em></strong></a></p><div class="photoessay-body"><p>Once every election cycle when there's no incumbent, Republican presidential hopefuls descend on Ames, Iowa, for a media-saturated straw poll where they woo potential supporters with food and festivities. The nonbinding vote, a traditional early test of candidates' viability in the nation's leadoff caucus state, doubles as a fundraiser for the Iowa GOP. It has faced criticism over the years for its tendency to bring out social conservative activists who may not represent the party at large. In 1987, televangelist Pat Robertson<a href="" target="_blank"> finished first</a> at the event before his bid faltered. These photos are from this weekend's shindig, where Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann <a href="" target="_blank">took top honors</a>, followed by the libertarian-leaning <a href="" target="_blank">GOP Rep. Ron Paul</a>.</p> <p>Photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Joe Scott</a>, an Ames native currently based in Minneapolis, returned home for a lighthearted take on his town's brief moment in the national spotlight.</p> </div> Photoessays Photo Essays Elections The Right Offbeat Sun, 14 Aug 2011 14:29:23 +0000 Photographs by Joe Scott/Text by Gavin Aronsen 130397 at