12/05/2011 02:39 pm ET

Moderates And Conservatives Battle For Control Of Iowa GOP

As the nation watches to see who Iowa Republicans advance Jan. 3 in the first-in-the-nation skirmish for presidential strength, another in a series of battles is being waged for the GOP’s ideological soul.

It comes down to this: Who controls the party?

Is it "the crazies" — the word some Republican moderates and Democrat opponents use to describe the right-wing religious conservatives who certainly draw the most attention come caucus time?

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