DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's been a different presidential race in Iowa this year — a lot quieter.
Campaign headquarters have hardly been buzzing with activity, unlike the around-the-clock nature of past contests. Candidates have barely visited the state, compared with years when most all but moved to Iowa.
And they have largely refrained from building the grass-roots armies of yesteryear, in favor of more modest on-the-ground teams of paid staffers and volunteers.
The final rush of campaigning gets under way Monday, just a week before the Jan. 3 caucuses.
But that will belie the reality of much of 2011, a year marked by a less aggressive personal courtship of Iowans in a campaign that, instead, has largely gravitated around nationally televised debates, a crush of television ads, and interviews on media outlets.