01/03/2012 06:19 EST | Updated 03/04/2012 05:12 EST

LIVE | Blogging the Iowa caucuses

CBC News reporter Mark Gollom is in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for what is to be the largest grouping of Republican caucuses in the state, a phenomenon that kicks off the 2012 presidential election year.

As many as 6,000 Republicans are expected to show up here at the University of Northern Iowa's Uni-Dome, to hear directly from some of the candidates themselves or their representatives, and to cast their votes for whom they would like to represent them.

The Uni-Dome is the central gathering point for 63 of the 1,774 caucuses that will take place this evening in Iowa, in school gyms, fire stations, even individual homes. Read Gollom's earlier story on how these caucuses work.

The 63 are the main voting precincts in Black Hawk County, an area in northeastern Iowa of approximately 132,000 people, and this live blog is our attempt to show how these caucuses, which can be central to the U.S. presidential experience, unfold.