The battle for Iowa, in the ongoing race to capture the Democratic nomination for the presidential election of 2008, is currently taking a back seat to the battle for Hollywood.
Leading contenders Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama are now locked in a race to sign up the maximum celebrity endorsements - and Obama took an early lead when he roped in talk show diva Oprah Winfrey onto his bandwagon.
Late November, Time magazine's `most influential woman of the century' announced that she was putting her considerable clout behind the Obama campaign for the Democratic nomination, and in doing so flagged off what promises to be a hugely entertaining battle.
Image: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) waves to the crowd while talk show host Oprah Winfrey and wife Michelle look on at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire. Winfrey has been campaigning with Sen. Obama for the last two days in the early primary states of South Carolina, Iowa, and New Hampshire.
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