Santorum, Romney, Paul leading caucus vote

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Posted: Jan 03, 2012 10:12 PM
Santorum, Romney, Paul leading caucus vote

Texas congressman Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are waging a tense, three-way struggle for supremacy in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses.

Returns from nearly one-third of the state's 1,774 precincts show the three men bunched together, separated by only a few dozen votes and jockeying back and forth for first place. It's a fitting conclusion for a race that's been as jumbled as any since Iowa gained the lead-off position in presidential campaigns four decades ago.

The winner is in line for bragging rights _ and perhaps much more _ as the GOP nominating campaign makes the turn to primaries in New Hampshire on Jan. 10, then South Carolina and Florida before the end of January.