Stay up on the Iowa caucuses by following the right Twitter users

On Tuesday, the eyes of the political world will focus on the snow-swept plains of Iowa as the Hawkeye State (finally) kicks off the 2012 presidential election season with the first state-by-state polling for the Republican presidential nominee.

The Iowa caucuses will mark the official moment the checkered flag is waved and the race for the White House zooms off, lasting all the way to the general election in November.

For  many, however—including politicos and reporters—the pre-election jockeying for position has been in full swing for months—especially on Twitter. If you want to know what’s been going in, check out the relevant Twitter feeds of some important players.

Here’s a who’s who of the Iowa caucuses on Twitter.

The Des Moines Register@dmrcaucusWhile reporters from around the country will be invading Iowa in the coming days, perhaps the best source for news and updates is Iowa’s own Des Moines Register, whose reporters will be criss-crossing the state in the moments up to the main event.

Matt Strawn—@mattstrawnWith a large field of candidates, the caucuses will give political watchers a first glimpse of how the 2012 race could play out and that means the Republican Party of Iowa, for a moment, will be the center of it all. State party chairmen Matt Strawn will likely be lighting up Twitter with updates of the event’s progress.

University of Iowa Politics@UIowaPoliticsForget the talking heads on Tuesday night, the place to be for expert analysis of the Iowa caucuses will be the University of Iowa’s political science department.

Real Clear Politics @RCP_ArticlesOf course, if you’re not looking for analysis and just want numbers, Real Clear Politics is the place to be for poll numbers, unedited and unfiltered.

The Reporters
Many of these reporters, will be tweeting what they see and hear on Tuesday: here are a few names to follow

Photo by DonkeyHotey

Justin Franz

Justin Franz

Justin Franz is a Montana-based reporter and photographer who wrote about web culture for the Daily Dot. His work has more recently appeared in Flathead Living Magazine, Trains Magazine, and Travel + Leisure.