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The most important people at the Republican presidential debate

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Members of the audience look on as Republican presidential candidates participate in the debate in Sioux City, Iowa, on Dec. 15, 2011.

Reuters photographer Jim Young took the pictures that he had to take at last night's Republican candidates' debate in Sioux City, Iowa. You can see one of them below. But he also turned his camera around to examine the faces of the audience. It's the views of people like these that will matter the most when the Iowa caucus is held on January 3. 

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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich pose before the Republican Party presidential candidates' debate in Sioux City, Iowa, on Dec. 15, 2011.

To kick off a new series, What #MattersMost in 2012?, NBCPolitics.com travelled to western Iowa to hear from Republican voters and activists about what matters most to them as they prepare to cast their votes for the GOP presidential nominee. Watch the video below and find out how you can join the debate on Twitter, Facebook and beyond by clicking here.


Political activists in western Iowa talk about the issues most important to them heading into election season.

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