Front runners take short break from Iowa this weekend
December 30th, 2011
07:56 AM ET
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Front runners take short break from Iowa this weekend

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With four days to go until the caucuses, the two candidates at the top of the field are taking a short break from campaigning in the Hawkeye State.

After a stumping all day Friday in Iowa, Rep. Ron Paul heads home to Texas to spend New Year's weekend with his wife. The Paul campaign tells CNN the congressman, who's making this third bid for the White House, resumes campaigning in Iowa Monday morning.

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Meanwhile, after an event in Iowa Friday morning, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes stops in New Hampshire Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, before returning to the Hawkeye State Saturday afternoon. He campaigns in Iowa all day Sunday. Romney is making his second bid for the Republican nomination.

Iowa's January 3 caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus season, with New Hampshire's January 10 primary coming second.

Romney and Paul are basically tied for the top spot in an NBC News-Marist poll of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers than came out Friday, and in a CNN/Time/ORC International poll here in the Hawkeye State that released on Wednesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Manie

    if the polls speak any truth and the Idea the the Ron paul supporters are quite dedicated, since his numbers have not fluctuated that much Romney could see an upset, or paul could be number two. this whole Idea that Ron paul is never gonna be the nominee has some truth to it , but the way his camp is being dismissed is un-becoming of the media. just to be the devils advocate here , and say if he wins Iowa , and manages to come in a strong second in NH and manages to pick up a good chunk of deligates in the other primaries . what will the media have to say then? my gues is they will call the American people stupid for picking someone who is for all intents and purposes does not pander but says it as he sees it

    December 30, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. G

    Either Ron paul really has a big enough lead where he can take a day off or the internal polls suggest he is in 2nd and wont be able to beat out Romney?

    December 30, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Front runners take short break from Iowa this weekend
    Really? But if it's up to the media, their reruns will spin!!

    Obama 2012!

    December 30, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |