A new Public Policy Polling survey has Rep. Ron Paul leading the race for the Iowa caucus with the support of 23 percent of respondents. Mitt Romney is in second with 20 percent, followed by Newt Gingrich at 14 percent, and Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry at 10 percent.
The rise of the libertarian, anti-government Paul — who wants to get rid of the federal reserve and hitch the American economy to the gold standard — underscores the fact that, as a result of his robust campaign and aggressive fundraising, he has gone from fringe candidate in 2008 to serious contender in the 2012 race. Paul is the sixth different candidate to lead in an Iowa poll, but with 73 percent of his supporters “firmly committed” to Paul and just two weeks until voting, it seems very possible that an anti-war, anti-marriage politician who was nearly cast out by the Republican Party in 2008 could be the last.
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