Key developments in the US presidential race on 2 January, a day before the Iowa caucuses.
DAY IN A NUTSHELL
Candidates scramble for votes in a final push before the caucuses. The Des Moines Register lists 56 candidate events across the state, starting with a pancake breakfast with John Edwards at 5:15 am and ending with a midnight party hosted by Senator Barack Obama.
"We will not just win the caucus, we will win the primary, we will win the general election and we will change this nation and change the world." Senator Barack Obama at a rally in Davenport.
"We didn't run a negative campaign, Mitt Romney did." Mike Huckabee on pulling a negative ad about his rival but showing it to reporters anyway.
"My focus is on the caucuses here in Iowa. I think Mike is more concerned about the caucus in Los Angeles." Mitt Romney on Mike Huckabee's decision to travel to California to tape a segment for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
"Even the jittery pack of seasoned political operatives gazing into their BlackBerrys doesn't seem to have a clue which way the Iowa snowdrifts are blowing." Maureen Dowd on the Democratic race, in The New York Times.
The latest poll for Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby suggests both races are getting tighter. Democrat candidates Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton are deadlocked at 28%, with John Edwards close behind on 26%. For the Republicans, Mike Huckabee is on 28%, and his closest rival Mitt Romney is on 26%. The poll suggests Senator John McCain and Fred Thompson are tied on 12%.
Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea bring breakfast for campaign workers in Des Moines, Iowa