Rich Galen

There were two polls released in Iowa over the weekend. One, by the Des Moines Register had Gingrich leading with 25 percent of the vote; Ron Paul second with 18 percent and Romney third with 16 percent. Sixty percent of the respondents said they might still change their minds.

An NBC/Marist poll, showed similar results: Gingrich leading with 26 percent, Romney second with 18 and Paul with 17.

There is always a question about how the Iowa caucuses (set for January 3, 2012) will turn out in relation to the advance polling. Gingrich didn't open his first office in Iowa until November 30; Santorum has an organization in all 99 counties, and Ron Paul is reported to have the best phone list in the race.

We'll know the answer to that in 29 days.

Whatever happens it will happen without Herman Cain. His name will still be on ballots through the primary season, but his campaign is over.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at