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-- season gets closer the Republican race for president is getting tighter a new survey today showed a four man dead heat at the top.
Correspondent Shannon Bream has the numbers.
It's getting crowded at the front of the GOP 2012 pack a fresh poll out of Iowa -- a virtual four way tie.
Herman Cain is still tops with potential caucus goers in the Hawkeye State.
Followed very closely by Ron Paul Mitt Romney and a surging Newt Gingrich.
As he continues decline in the polls the former house speaker is being forced him once again to revisit questions about his personal life.
After an anonymous -- was distributed in Iowa highlighting his multiple marriages.
As a matter of public record.
I'm very open about the fact that I've had moments in my life that I regret I have indicated that I had to go to god and ask forgiveness and to seek reconciliation.
Analysts say Gingrich may be the one GOP candidate best equipped to take the heat most candidates have to sweat.
Gingrich has had many periods of sweating during this long career so he's used to it.
Some of Gingrich's gains seem to have come at the cost of the man -- still on top Herman Cain.
The Elise Clifton recent polls after a tough a couple of weeks involving allegations of sexual harassment and an awkwardly long -- When a reporter asked him about his position on Libya he address that moment and an impromptu press availability in Iowa today.
Did Libya come in was -- -- to gather my thoughts.
I'm not going to back down from that.
Then they finished a distant fifth -- the latest Iowa poll also spent the day they're trying to turn things around with a message focused on uprooting and overhauling Washington.
I happen to believe it is time to create a part time congress -- their pay is cut in half.
There office budgets are cut in half and their time in Washington is cut -- Mitt Romney who's facing fresh criticism for his decision to skip events in the Hawkeye State.
Today focused on another key early states South Carolina.
Touching on a hot button issue there.
-- -- American workers have the right to work -- -- union states.
I don't think the federal government should be able to tell South Carolina you can't be right to work at a factory.
For now Romney's lack of time with Iowa voters doesn't appear to be hurting his chances there.
But there's no doubt his second place finish in Iowa in 2008 when he lost by nine points to Mike Huckabee.
Is a stumble he does not want to repeats -- -- thank you -- raw.
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