Romney, Santorum gain momentum down stretch in Iowa

Gingrich asks voters to punish attacks by rivals

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“I wasn’t a girl that had been involved in drinking. I hadn’t been involved in drugs or with boys, I hadn’t been out openly rebellious, but it didn’t matter. I still was a sinner,” she said. “All of a sudden my spiritual eyes were open and I could see. I wasn’t better than any other person. I was just free for the first time in my life.”

Appearing on the Sunday political talk shows, Mrs. Bachmann said with so many voters saying they are still persuadable, she is counting on a late burst of enthusiasm to carry her campaign.

“What we’re seeing going forward, especially with the tremendous outpouring of young people that are coming out to work on our phone banks and to go lit-dropping and door-to-door is nothing short of amazing,” she told ABC’s “This Week” program. “We’re No. 1 in the category of enthusiasm.”

That same claim, though, is also made by Mr. Paul, whose 2008 nomination bid earned fifth place in Iowa but who said the past four years have pushed voters toward him.

Mr. Paul, who led here in the polls briefly last month, took the weekend off from campaigning to go back to Texas, though he made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows and said he believes his supporters won’t desert him.

“I think the die has been cast,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “Our numbers aren’t going to go down. The number of people, they’re not going to leave us, as they have on the other ones, they come and they go.”

In the Register poll, Mr. Gingrich collected 12 percent support, Mr. Perry had 11 percent and Mrs. Bachmann had 7 percent.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who is forgoing Iowa in favor of making a stand in New Hampshire’s primary next week, garnered 2 percent support.

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