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    Campaign 2012: Iowa to South Carolina

    by Nicole Fruge posted January 26, 2012
    Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigns outside a polling station in Powdersville Middle School in Greenville, S.C., on the state's Republican primary election day. —Matt Rourke/AP

    Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigns outside a polling station in Powdersville Middle School in Greenville, S.C., on the state's Republican primary election day. —Matt Rourke/AP

    Ward Selectman Ryan Curran logs voters during 2012's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, at Memorial High School in Manchester, N.H. —Matt Rourke/AP

    Ward Selectman Ryan Curran logs voters during 2012's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, at Memorial High School in Manchester, N.H. —Matt Rourke/AP

    Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks at Rivier College during a town meeting held in sub-freezing temperatures on the school's athletic field. —Vincent DeWitt/Sipa/AP

    Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks at Rivier College during a town meeting held in sub-freezing temperatures on the school's athletic field. —Vincent DeWitt/Sipa/AP

    J.B. Webb, of Manchester, N.H., carries a sign to the Webster School in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, where primary voting was taking place.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    J.B. Webb carries a sign to the primary polling place at Webster School in Manchester, N.H. —Evan Vucci/AP

    The signature of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, is seen next to a picture of Perry as a high school sophomore in the 1966 Paint Creek School yearbook. The yearbook was shown to him by Becky Roe of Coal Valley, Iowa, during a campaign stop at the Iowa 80 Group truck stop in Walcott, Iowa. Roe, who lived in Paint Creek, Texas, was a 3rd grader when Perry was a high school sophomore. —Charles Dharapak/AP

    The signature of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, is seen next to a picture of Perry as a high school sophomore in the 1966 Paint Creek School yearbook. The yearbook was shown to him by Becky Roe of Coal Valley, Iowa, during a campaign stop at the Iowa 80 Group truck stop in Walcott, Iowa. Roe, who lived in Paint Creek, Texas, was a 3rd grader when Perry was a high school sophomore. —Charles Dharapak/AP

    A young boy leans against a barricade as Republican presidential candidate and former Mass. governor Mitt Romney campaigns at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, N.H., on Jan. 9. —Charles Dharapak/AP

    A young boy leans against a barricade as Republican presidential candidate and former Mass. governor Mitt Romney campaigns at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, N.H., on Jan. 9. —Charles Dharapak/AP

    A portrait of Gov. Rick Perry hangs next to the Paint Creek High School gym in Paint Creek, Texas. Mr. Perry dropped out of the presidential race on Jan. 19, endorsed his old friend Newt Gingrich, and returned home to Texas, where he has three years left to serve as the chief executive. —Nellie Doneva/Abilene Reporter-News/APA portrait of Gov. Rick Perry hangs next to the Paint Creek High School gym in Paint Creek, Texas. Mr. Perry dropped out of the presidential race on Jan. 19, endorsed his old friend Newt Gingrich, and returned home to Texas, where he has three years left to serve as the chief executive. —Nellie Doneva/Abilene Reporter-News/AP

    A portrait of Gov. Rick Perry hangs next to the Paint Creek High School gym in Paint Creek, Texas. Mr. Perry dropped out of the presidential race on Jan. 19, endorsed his old friend Newt Gingrich, and returned home to Texas, where he has three years left to serve as the chief executive. —Nellie Doneva/Abilene Reporter-News/AP

    The collision of politics and education makes for compelling and occasionally surreal photos. The 2012 election cycle is no exception. From the institutional functionality of polling places to a backdrop for political theater, schools are playing a big role in the visual iconography of this year’s presidential campaign.