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Iowa Poll has Cain and Romney neck-and-neck, Bachmann far behind

The latest Iowa Poll shows Herman Cain and Mitt Romney in a dead heat among Republicans likely to vote in January’s caucuses. Michele Bachmann, who once led the pack, is far behind.

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In terms of the Iowa Poll, Cain and Bachmann are mirror images of each other. Since the last Iowa Poll in June, she’s dropped 14 points and he’s surged ahead 13 points.

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Santorum has never broken out of the second tier of GOP presidential hopefuls, but he’s campaigned heavily in Iowa, spending more time there than any other candidate and visiting 70 counties on his way toward his goal of visiting all 99 counties in the state.

Romney and Cain, on the other hand, have spent little time in Iowa so far, but that’s likely to change.

"I will be here again and again, campaigning here,” Romney told voters at a campaign event at Morningside College in Sioux City earlier this month. “I'd love to win Iowa. Any of us would.”

Perry, a late-entry in the race who came out fast but has stumbled in the debates and with other distractions, hopes to improve his standing between now and the January 3 caucuses less than 10 weeks from now. He began running TV ads last week.

Among other recent polls conducted in Iowa, either Romney or Cain is ahead by a fraction. The latest Real Clear Politics average of national polls of Republican voters reflects the same neck-and-neck positions of Cain (25 percent) and Romney (24 percent).

Like Republicans in the rest of the country, Iowans seem far from settled on who their strongest candidate would be.

"It's anybody's game right now,” Tamara Scott, an undecided social conservative leader who backed Mike Huckabee four years ago, told the Associated Press.

"This is the first time I've waited this long to decide," said Linda Allison, who recently attended a Perry event. "I am still waiting to be convinced."

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