Romney, Paul, Santorum 1-2-3 in Another Iowa Poll
And Santorum is surging
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Ron Paul speaks as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum look on during the Republican Presidential debate hosted by Bloomberg and the Washington Post on October 11, 2011 in Hanover, New Hampshire.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Yet another poll puts Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum 1-2-3 in Iowa two days before the state's caucuses. The poll, conducted by the Des Moines Register over four days last week, puts Romney at 24%, Paul at 22%, and Santorum at 15%. However, the pollster says, "Momentum’s name is Rick Santorum." Look at the final two days of polling separately and you'll see a surging Santorum in second place, with 21%, while Paul drops to 18% and Romney stays at 24%.

A lot could still change between now and Tuesday: 41% of likely caucusgoers said they could change their minds. Over the full four days of the poll, Newt Gingrich came in fourth with 12%, followed by Rick Perry (11%) and Michele Bachmann (7%).