Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Poll: Ron Paul Surges Past Romney in Iowa

A new Iowa Poll, just published by the Des Moines Register, reports Ron Paul has surged past one-time front-runner Mitt Romney and moved into second place.

According to the new poll results, Gingrich leads the pack at 25% of likely caucus-goers with less than a month until they're held. Paul is second with 18% and Romney now trails with 16%.

Columnist Andrew Malcolm explains why this could mean Congressman Paul may win in Iowa:
That might seem like a comfortable lead for the former House speaker with only 30 days left. But here's the special deal about Iowa: It's not an all-day drop by and vote anytime from 6 a.m. til 8 p.m. thing.

It starts at 7 p.m. and depends on a candidate's determined supporters being prepared to go out on a cold night and hang in all evening, schmoozing, campaigning, bargaining and voting ballot after ballot after ballot until maybe midnight on a school-work night.

Romney has not been working to win in Iowa, having been spanked into second place there four years ago by Mike Huckabee. Gingrich didn't open his first Hawkeye state campaign office until this week.

However, Paul's people are not just supporters; they are disciples, some even willing to doff their clothes for him, as we wrote here. They will also stand (clothed) for windy hours with signs on Interstate overpasses for their guy.

And all fall while other candidates rocketed up and flamed out, the Paul campaign, his third for the presidency (1988 and 2008), has been seeking volunteers from across the country to travel to Iowa for pre-caucus campaigning.

1 comment:

  1. As the caucus finishes, could you please consider posting vote details by zip code and by county?