Late Surge


POSTED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:48am

UPDATED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 11:51am

Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum is making a late surge in Iowa.

Today's the last big push before the Iowa caucuses tomorrow, and the latest poll shows there could be a surprise winner.

The latest poll has Rick Santorum surging ahead among likely caucus-goers, and for those for those of us used to punching a ballot, this caucus process is a whole different ballgame.

People in Iowa like to see their candidates. Talk to them. Shake their hand, and right now, more Iowans are leaning toward Rick Santorum.

The Des Moines register puts Santorum third -- but second... Virtually tied with Mitt Romney in the last two days of polling.

The issue between these two is who's more conservative. "You can't have a strong economy, and just a strong economic plan -- unless you have strong families and you have moral values in this country," said Rick Santorum, (R) Presidential Candidate on NBC’s Meet the Press.

"I'll let people make their own assessment of our respective records, but I'm a conservative," said Mitt Romney (R) Presidential Candidate.

Santorum's late surge prompted opponents to pounce. "He's got a spending problem. He's got an earmark problem," proclaimed Rick Perry/ (R) Presidential Candidate.

Four out of ten Iowans still say they could still change their minds. Michele Bachmann is still hoping for a shot.

Could Newt Gingrich land back on top? He's hinting Romney bought this race.

Riding high is Ron Paul, now a solid second in Iowa: "I may come in first, I may come in second. I doubt I'll come in third or fourth," said Ron Paul (R) Presidential Candidate.

Feeling confident, with just over 24 hours to go.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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