DES MOINES, Iowa — For Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, Saturday night was all about making their case to the Iowa activists who could make or break their presidential campaigns.

For the rest of the country, it was a political spectacle of epic proportions.

The Iowa Democratic Party’s annual “Jefferson-Jackson Dinner” is seen as a kickoff for of the state’s Feb. 1 caucuses. And with just 100 days to go until the first contest in the presidential nominating process, it could well be a race-shaping event.

Just how critical the candidates view this dinner was evident by the organization they put on display. Each candidate arrived with a slew of supporters in tow, many marching to the dinner from nearby rallies. The dinner, which drew more than 6,000 activists, gave supporters of each campaign the opportunity to literally size up their competition in the same room Read more…

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Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley take the stage for Democrats’ big night in Iowa