Iowa Republicans favor Romney to win

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, January 2, 2012 11:02 EDT
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R). Photo: AFP.
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With less than 48 hours to go before the state officially kicks off the nation’s presidential election season, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has emerged atop the GOP field among Iowa Republicans, polling data revealed Monday.

Despite Romney’s narrow lead over Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who he’s beating 24 percent to 22 percent according to The Des Moines Register, almost half of Iowa voters have not made up their minds yet.

The race in recent weeks has been back-and-forth between Paul and Romney, but former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has also risen in the polls, leading some to speculate that he could be a spoiler.

Though he’s fallen behind in the Des Moines poll, Paul still maintains a commanding lead in figures from the Democratic-associated Public Policy Polling (PPP), which surveys more than just likely Republican voters.

If his unusual coalition of younger voters — about of a quarter of them being non-Republicans — makes it to the polls on Tuesday, Paul could still claim a victory.

“Among actual Republican voters Paul is tied for 3rd place with Gingrich at 17%, behind Romney’s 21% and Santorum’s 19%,” PPP noted. “But with independents and Democrats who plan to vote, which we peg at 24% of the electorate, Paul leads with 30% to just 14% each for Santorum and Romney.”

This video is from CBS News, broadcast Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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