The focus is naturally on the Republican caucuses Tuesday night in Iowa, because the GOP is the party with a battle going on for its presidential nomination. But the Obama campaign is treating the Democratic caucuses as a dry run for the election.
A new Des Moines Register poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers has Mitt Romney in first place, followed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. But Santorum's popularity is surging. He's hoping to consolidate the state's evangelical vote, like Mike Huckabee did in 2008, and finish second or even first.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's poll numbers in Iowa continue to fall — in large part due to a barrage of negative ads over the last month attacking him. So after previously saying he'd only run a positive campaign, Gingrich is now hitting back.
Concluding that he can win the Iowa caucuses, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney spent the weekend campaigning in western Iowa, a mostly conservative region. After months of making only periodic visits to the state, Romney is making an aggressive final push through Iowa.
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