2012 Presidential Campaign

Mitt Romney leading in Iowa, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum gaining ground

Polls are showing Mitt Romney with a narrow lead in Iowa heading into the crucial caucus season. But rivals Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are being credited with a late surge that could cause trouble for Romney, who remains (in the eyes of many Republicans) vulnerable on a number of fronts.

Former Massachusetts governor Romney has been in front of the GOP race for much of the past year, but has proved unable to pull out a commanding lead. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry have all at various stages threatened to challenge him, but have run out of steam. The latest candidate to enjoy a surge was Newt Gingrich, but he sems to be struggling in Iowa.

It would be misleading, however, to read too much into these polls. After all the jostling for position, the arrival of the Iowa caususes offers a chance for America to see who has really gained Republican support. The big question is whether Republicans can get behind Romney, despite any misgivings they might have about his conservative credentials, or whether the likes of Gingrich or Paul can mount a genuine challenge.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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One thought on “Mitt Romney leading in Iowa, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum gaining ground

  1. Wow! Sarah, way to start the New Year off right! No lefty venom, very little obvious bias, solid facts, short and sweet. I hope we get a year full stories just like this.

    Posted by William S | January 1, 2012, 2:26 pm

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