Ron Paul Takes Lead in Iowa

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 2:24pm

WASHINGTON- Only 13 days left before the Iowa caucuses, and according to one new poll, there's a new frontrunner in that state: Ron Paul.

Republican presidential candidates continued to make the rounds before the holidays, taking jabs at their opponents and taking some heat on the campaign trail. In Des Moines protesters interrupted Newt Gingrich during a speech at the state house.

Meanwhile, the rift between Gingrich and Romney is getting bigger as the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary get closer. A political action group supporting Romney launched what Gingrich called an attack ad on Iowa airwaves.

In the latest Iowa Caucus poll it is Ron Paul who leads the pack, with 28 percent followed by Gingrich with 25 percent and Romney at 18 percent.

"If he takes Iowa, it's just tremendous news for Mitt Romney, because, if Ron Paul is second in Iowa, it means he sucks a lot of the oxygen out the room for all of the others," says Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

A wild card that could set the tone for the Republican presidential race. Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann, knowing she has a lot of ground to make up before caucus day, is pulling out all the stops, visiting every corner of the state.

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