Romney Leads Ron Paul in Des Moines Register’s Latest Poll

Mitt Romney leads the Des Moines Register’s latest poll before the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday.
Romney leads at 24 percent, Paul has 22 percent and Rick Santorum, 15 percent.
The Caucus reported:

The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll shows a surprise three-way match-up in contention to win the Iowa Republican caucuses: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.

Santorum, who has been largely invisible in the polls throughout the campaign season, is now beating the other evangelical choices and has a clear shot at victory Tuesday night.

But political analysts note there’s little time for Santorum to cash in and regroup before New Hampshire, where voters weigh in nine days from now, while Romney is positioned to replicate what he’s done in Iowa in all the early states.

In four days of polling, Romney leads at 24 percent, Paul has 22 percent and Rick Santorum, 15 percent.

But if the final two days of polling stand alone, the order reshuffles: Santorum elbows out Paul for second.

“Few saw this bombshell coming,” GOP strategist David Polyansky said. “In an already unpredictable race this is another stunning turn of political fortune.”

…As for the rest of the field, over the four days of polling, Newt Gingrich is at 12 percent, Rick Perry, 11 percent, and Michele Bachmann, 7 percent. Their support remained relatively steady over the four days.

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    Send in the Trolls!

    Here they come…all you “neocons”, “zionists”, “paid Jew plants”. heh.

  • Island Girl

    #1 – They will be put off by the Post above this.

    Sometimes explaining such stuff is just too deep man.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Gosh, it’s been over 15 minutes and no Paulistinians have shown up to “educate” us rubes.

    Have Anonymous hacked the Ronulans’ up-to-the-minute feed of go-to target blogs which mention Ron Paul?

    Are the Paul Pot Brigade all hung over and sleeping off the New Years’ inebriation?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  • jhump

    If he loses, maybe they’ll pull a Heaven’s Gate event. Ron will be BO, they’ll just have to figure out who’ll be Peep. Can you imagine Craigie-poo in a sporty Nike jogging suit, possibly with a Habs logo on it?

  • Joe Paine

    Every Ron Paul supporter I know will vote for Gary Johnson in November if Ron Paul is not the Republican nominee.

  • jainphx

    If we can’t do better than those two schmucks, then we deserve what happens. Once again the elites are deciding who runs, and for what. This country is not going to turn around with out a real conservative and not anti semites and rhinos. LORD help us.

  • FedUp

    I really hate that the election cycle is just starting, and already Mitt, the plastic RINO has been coronated! When did THAT happen??? A bunch of Iowans do not speak for me!

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  • Pragmatic

    Romney still sucks!

  • Mrs. X

    1- Iowa doesn’t matter.

    2- Ron Paul can not win the nomination. Period.

    3- Thank goodness he is retiring and the crazy Ron Paul people will finally go away.

  • bg
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    media discredited
    polls discredited
    independents 
    Cell Phones
    new voters

  • donh

    The Paul bearers are silent here because they are in Iowa working the street to get out votes……while Romney hits the nursing homes in NH hoping the elderly will sign away power of attourney to him after a live performance of his My Three Sons sit com dad act.

  • Soze

    C’mon we need to get rid of all the Jews, vote Ron Paul!!

  • Steve

    We have 4 videos from GOP Candidates Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann & Rick Perry posted now on Common Cents….

    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com/2012/01/meet-candidates-interviews-with-ron.html

  • Charlie

    @ donhand,.. what is your fine fella doing this NY night ?

  • Liz

    Sweet. We are so close to having a competent candidate…a great start to the new year.

  • Molon Labe

    #5

    So if all the Ronulians vote for Johnson, he’ll get seven votes. Ooooh that’s a landslide.

  • Molon Labe

    The GOP is so clueless. Romney has no credibility. Ron Paul is crazy. Newt is your typical politician. I’d like to see Bachman or Santorium.

    But if these two don’t make it I’ll be happy to see Obama win. I’ve always wanted to see if I can measure up to my ancestors that helped to found this country.

  • annonymous

    Still way too close for comfort. I don’t care what anyone thinks of any other the other candidates, Paul needs to be marginalized and rendered irrelevant. Sadly, he seems to have a lot of support. Scary stuff.

  • FurryGuy

    #4 January 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    jhump commented:

    If he loses, maybe they’ll pull a Heaven’s Gate event.

    They didn’t when their false Messiah failed to win a single primary in 2008, so doubtful they will do anything so permanent in 2012. They will just foam at the mouth muttering about conspiracies within conspiracies while doing nothing productive.

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  • Molon Labe

    #21

    Perhaps the Ronulians awaiting the Mayan prediction of the end of the world? My guess is they’ll set up a travelling puppet theater. Descartes, JHP, JHarp, Paz, and Craig hand puppets singing “Hit the road Jack” to their mentor and god Ron Paul.

  • jorgen

    So, being a mix of Obama and McCain is Romney’s winning formula. The only good thing one can say about Romney is that he at least is not Ron Paul.

  • http://youngconservative27.blogspot.com/ Stephen Monteith

    Anyone consider that maybe none of the other candidates Deserve to win the nomination? Santorum, Bachmann, and Huntsman have been so focused on Iowa and New Hampshire that they’ve barely visited other states, and those visits were mostly during national debates. Perry’s campaign began folding right after his first debate. Gingrich I couldn’t believe even became a frontrunner, given that his list of “flip-flops” is even longer than Romney’s. And Cain … well, we don’t have to talk about Cain because he’s no longer in the race.

    Romney and Paul have two things in common: One, they’re not very well-liked by the establishment (yes, the establishment looked just as hard for a Not-Romney as the Tea Party did); and two, they both have a floor of support higher than all the other candidates (yes, it’s a floor, not a ceiling). Every other candidate started in the single digits, jumped to between 25 and 40 percent in the polls, and then fell right back down into the single digits. Romney and Paul both stayed in the double digits the entire time. The two differences they have is Romney’s floor and his general favorability ratings are much higher than Paul’s. The “Anyone But Romney” crowd is much smaller than it looks. The percentage of people who would “never” support him is actually less than his base 25% support in the polls. And even the ABR’s, I suspect, hate Obama even more.

    I’m making this prediction now: If Romney wins Iowa, then he will go on to win every single caucus and primary, not because he’s the “establishment pick”, but because the other candidates didn’t do enough to earn it.

  • Craig

    Sunday, January 1, 2012

    Down To The Wire In Iowa – Ron Paul Still Ahead In Latest PPP Poll

    Paul 20
    Romney 19
    Santorum 18
    Gingrich 14
    Perry 10
    Bachmann 8
    Huntsman 4
    Roemer 2

    http://www.thelibertarianpatriot.com/2012/01/down-to-wire-in-iowa-ron-paul-still.html

  • Matthew

    If Ron Paul doesn’t win, I’ll just vote for Obama. Voting for anyone else won’t make a difference. If people want to die for misconstrued reasons in an unconstitutional war, then go fight. You can have your war. You can die; I won’t.

  • bg

    ++

    Matthew #28 January 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    heck yeah, bring it here!!

    i mean, make it hard on them for a change, you know, bomb US & our
    churches, attack our villages, EID our roads, explode our oil reserves,
    slit our throats at night, kidnap for ransom, rrob our banks, you know,
    the usual stuff they do.. it’ll be fun , and we won’t have any losses on
    foreign soil..think about it, we will respectfully die here.. yippee!! oh
    wait, we can always pay the jirza, and save future generations by
    teaching them how & when & why they should bow to MECCA.. /s/

    ==

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