Final Iowa Poll: Romney Leads Paul, Santorum

Helen Whalen Cohen
Posted: Jan 01, 2012 9:27 AM

The results of the final Iowa poll are in, and it shows Romney with a lead over both Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. The other candidates are lagging. From the Des Moines Register:


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.

The article notes that 41 percent of voters could still be persuaded to change their mind.