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GOP, Dem strength in Iowa limits tea party

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is a politically active state, but it doesn't seem especially interested in the tea party protest movement that is drawing so much attention nationally.

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Some Iowans have signed onto the anti-government effort, but activists have staged only one big rally. And tea party supporters don't seem to be getting involved in any political races.

Former Iowa Republican Chairman Richard Schwarm says one reason could be that activists are invested in the caucuses, which bring attention to the state as it begins the presidential nominating process.

Democratic strategist Mark Daley thinks the tea party's confrontational approach doesn't jibe with Iowa's nice-guy attitude.

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