He jumped to third place in the poll, to 16 percent support of likely caucus goers, up from 5 percent earlier this month in the same survey. Mitt Romney topped the poll with 25 percent support while Ron Paul has 22 percent. Newt Gingrich plummeted, going from 33 percent to 14 percent in the same time period.
Yet the Iowa picture is volatile. One major reason: Splits among the religious conservatives, the most powerful single bloc of voters in the GOP here. My story today about this.