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Lots of primaries, caucuses before Wisconsin votes April 3


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The process of nominating an opponent for President Obama begins Tuesday night in neighboring Iowa.

And for Wisconsinites, the question is whether any real choice will be left by the time Badger State residents vote on April 3rd.

31 states will have had their primaries and caucuses by then.

Mitt Romney led the 7 GOP candidates a few weeks ago in the state's most widely-reported poll from Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert College.

If Romney gets a string of early wins, the race could be over by the time it gets here. That's because no Republican since 1980 has won contested races in both Iowa and the following week's primary in New Hampshire.

But libertarian House member Ron Paul has joined Romney atop the Iowa polls. And there's also been a lot of buzz about ex-Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Fans who watched the Wisconsin-Iowa men's basketball game on Saturday got to see some of the Iowa commercials on the Big Ten Network.

Paul, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich ran ads during that game. Wisconsin is not the only state which pushed back its primary -- which had been in mid-February since 2004.

Both national parties wanted a less crowded early schedule.

This year's Super Tuesday is set for March 6th. 10 states will vote that day.