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Romney leads Paul in new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll; Santorum surges

The news media in Des Moines, Iowa, the Register newspaper says

" Mitt Romney tops the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll in the closing days before the Iowa caucuses, but Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are poised within striking distance.

The poll, conducted Tuesday through Friday, shows support at 24 percent for Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts; 22 percent for Paul, a Texas congressman; and 15 percent for the surging Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.

But the four-day results don't reflect just how quickly momentum is shifting in a race that has remained highly fluid for months. If the final two days of polling are considered separately, Santorum rises to second place, with 21 percent, pushing Paul to third, at 18 percent. Romney remains the same, at 24 percent."

Public Advocate notes that's 1. Romney, 2. Paul, 3. Santorum. then according to the poll in this order: 4. Gingrich, 5. Perry and 6. Bachmann.

PA Note: President Barack Obama is in Hawaii.