Romney Leads, Santorum Surges in Iowa

Helen Whalen Cohen
Posted: Dec 28, 2011 7:17 PM

It looks like Gingrich's star has faded in Iowa. A CNN poll released earlier today shows him losing to Romney, Paul...and Santorum (who jumped 11 points).


new survey of people likely to attend Iowa's Republican caucuses indicates that the former House speaker's support in the Hawkeye State is plunging. And according to a CNN/Time/ORC International Poll, one-time long shot candidate Rick Santorum has more than tripled his support since the beginning of the month.

Twenty-five percent of people questioned say if the caucuses were held today, they'd most likely back Mitt Romney, with 22% saying they'd support Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Romney's three point margin is within the poll's sampling error.

The poll's Wednesday release comes six days before Iowa's January 3 caucuses, which kickoff the presidential primary and caucus calendar. The Iowa caucuses are followed one week later by the New Hampshire primary.

With six days to go, it looks like voters are still trying to find their ideal Not Romney. According to the Poll Tracker, that person is still Newt Gingrich.