A group of Republicans will head to Iowa in January for a “Freedom Summit” that could be the launching point for their bids to be the Republican presidential nominee.

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The conservative group Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), the immigration hardliner who has floated himself as a potential presidential candidate in the past, are co-hosting the event in Des Moines on Jan. 24.

The summit will feature speeches from Republicans with serious presidential ambitions, like Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (Tex.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), and former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Other Republicans in attendance may not have the obvious ambitions of that group, but will likely be interested to find out where they stand among conservative heavyweights. These include Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act exposes Silicon Valley's hollow diversity slogans Overnight Defense: Senate rejects effort to restrict Trump on Iran | Democrats at debate vow to shore up NATO | Senate confirms chief of Space Command MORE (Utah), Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSocial media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Hillicon Valley: Trump rails against 'terrible bias' at White House social media summit | Twitter hit by hour-long outage | Google admits workers listen to smart device recordings MORE (Tenn.), and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who has been mentioned by some as a 2016 dark horse. 

“Midterm elections gave our country a dramatic shift in possibilities,” King said in a statement. “It is exactly the right time to bring our national leaders to Iowa to hear them cast a conservative vision for our Nation’s future.”

Potential presidential candidates from both parties lavish attention on Iowa and will make frequent visits to the Hawkeye State during the 2016 campaign cycle, as the state holds outsized influence on the nominating process with its first-in-the-nation caucus.

A candidate’s performance at the caucus can make or break a run for the presidency — in 2008 it launched President Obama onto the scene, and in 2012 it flushed Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) from the field before his campaign ever really started.

“Iowa’s First in the Nation status has created an informed, engaged, and active electorate all eager to begin the evaluation process of potential leaders of the free world,” King continued. “The Iowa Freedom Summit will further energize conservatives and begin the caucus season in earnest.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has also spent a great deal of time in the state, and participated in King’s annual pheasant hunt, which has a history of attracting GOP presidential contenders.