MASON CITY, Iowa (CNN) - A pragmatic Mitt Romney vowed Wednesday to fight on, regardless of Iowa’s caucus results – a marked shift from the confident candidate who told reporters earlier this week "I think I'm going to win."
"We are in a neck-and-neck race," Romney told an audience of about 80 people gathered in an Iowa airport. "We are on a razor thin edge. I don't know who's going to be ahead in terms of the polls, but the difference as to who is actually going to win depends on who turns out, and so get your friends, make your phone calls, get in the cars, give me thirty minutes, forty minutes."
With rival Mike Huckabee continuing to narrowly lead polls and draw large crowds - he drew more than double Romney's crowd tally at another event in Mason City today - the former Massachusetts governor has cautiously avoided overly-optimistic forecasts over the last two days.
Romney, whose campaign is generally regarded to have the best ground organization in Iowa, has been concluding his speeches in recent days with similar pleas to his supporters to get out and caucus.
"I can't predict what the outcome's going to be here in Iowa," he told reporters in Bellevue earlier in the day. "I'm sure hoping that I get a first place finish. If I don't, I'm going to keep on battling."
Romney said he still thinks he will be the nominee, even if he does not win Iowa.