As the 2012 presidential race heats up for Republican hopefuls seeking their party’s nomination, foodservice operators throughout the state of Iowa already are reaping the benefits of the nation’s biggest political contest. The bellwether Iowa caucuses are still eight months away — the event will take place Feb. 6, 2012 — but local restaurants like Pizza Ranch, which has 68 locations in the state, are being viewed as prime venues for staging political rallies and ...

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