As the 2012 election season approaches, what matters most to you?
Whether it’s the economy, unemployment, immigration, social issues, the war on terror, your family or something else, we want to know what's on your mind heading into this crucial election year. What should candidates be talking about? What's it going to take to win your vote? What stories should we be telling?
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What matters most to us is your voice. Tell the world what #mattersmost to you, encourage your friends to do the same and check mattersmost.msnbc.com and nbcpolitics.com to learn more about the issues shaping Decision 2012.
To kick things off, 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 in the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses on Jan. 3. We also spoke with one Democratic Party county chairwoman, Peggy Smalley, for her perspective on rural Audubon County politics. Here's what matters most to them:
Political activists in western Iowa talk about the issues most important to them heading into election season.