Alex Spillus: Romney may be dull but he has a safe pair of hands
Finally, after nearly a year of campaigning and countless debates, the phony war is over and Republicans will today begin voting to decide who will represent them against President Barack Obama on November 6.
Some 100,000 Iowans will cast their vote in the state's caucuses, so confirming their status as the most cosseted and coveted political public, after tens of millions of dollars have been lavished on advertisements, mailings and recorded calls on behalf of the seven hopefuls seeking their blessing.
The race has pushed the boundaries of politics-as-entertainment. An array of colourful frontrunners has swapped places in a matter of weeks, blunders have fallen easily from mouths and skeletons have clattered out of closets with diverting regularity.