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    Romney Ahead in New Iowa Poll

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signs autographs after speaking at a campaign stop, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, in Medley, Fla. While others focus on Iowa's caucuses or the early primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Romney is set to spend the day in the state welcoming endorsements from three top Cuban-American Republicans, attending several fundraisers and visiting the port in Tampa to discuss trade policy. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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    It looks like it’s going to be a nail-biter in Iowa. In one of the last polls before the Iowa caucus on Tuesday, Mitt Romney came out on top with 24 percent of likely caucusgoers, with Ron Paul at 22 percent and Rick Santorum at 15 percent. The Des Moines Register poll took place over four days, and if only the last two days of polling are considered, the surging Santorum fares even better, at 21 percent, while Romney remains the same at 24 percent. But that doesn’t mean it’s settled for any of the Republican candidates: 41 percent of likely caucusgoers said they could change their minds by Tuesday. As for the rest of the candidates, Newt Gingrich fell to 12 percent, Rick Perry had 11 percent, and Michele Bachmann had 7 percent.

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