Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Top Iowa Republicans, facing the very real possibility that Ron Paul could win the state caucuses on January 3, are defending their state's first-in-the-nation status against charges of irrelevancy.
Many GOP leaders consider Paul unelectable and his nomination an impossibility. So they're getting ready to dismiss the Iowa results–and that makes Gov. Terry Branstad predictably mad.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is increasing its outreach to conservative leaders to try and quell their skepticism about the Gingrich candidacy.
The effort by the campaign to consolidate its conservative base ranges from phone conversations initiated by Gingrich, email exchanges with the candidate as well as a two-hour session between Gingrich and about 70 prominent conservative activists.
Washington (CNN) – Republicans may be enthusiastic about beating President Barack Obama, but a GOP focus group shows they are less enthusiastic about the candidates they're fielding against him.
A focus group of 12 GOP primary voters conducted in northern Virginia–a battleground state–showed that GOP voters have not warmed up to Mitt Romney, are worried about Newt Gingrich's volatility, and have all but dismissed the candidacy of Herman Cain. What's more, they see their two frontrunners as suffering from the same potentially deadly problem: a penchant to flip flop.