He’s the latest GOP contender to have caught the fancy of caucus-goers — but his timing may be much better than the others.
ust five days before Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, former Pennsylvania senator Santorum is surging in the polls behind the support of caucus participants who identify themselves as born-again Christians or evangelical, according to a new CNN/Time Magazine/ORC poll.Former Massachusetts governor Romney — who has spent relatively little time in Iowa — now stands in first place there with 25%, according to the poll. He also holds a big lead in New Hampshire, where voters will hold its primary Jan. 10.
In Iowa, Romney is followed by Rep. Ron Paul at 22%, and Santorum at 16%, which is three times more support than last month. Former House speaker Gingrich, who was polling at 33% in Iowa last month, is fading fast and was down to 14%, according to the poll.
The CNN/Time Magazine/ORC poll only surveyed registered Republican voters. A poll published Tuesday by Public Policy Polling included independents and Democrats — many who are expected to re-register as Republicans for the Iowa caucuses — showed Paul holding a slight lead over Romney.
It is Santorum, who has spent the most time in Iowa of any candidate, who is the latest conservative candidate to move up in the Iowa polls.