Two days remain before kick off of Iowa caucuses

IOWA -- There are just two days remaining until the kick off of the caucuses in Iowa, and that means a final push for Republican presidential candidates. A new poll suggests Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are battling for the top spot. FOX6's Mike Lowe will be in Iowa starting Monday, covering all the caucus action.

The latest Des Moines Register Poll shows Romney and Paul neck and neck for the GOP top spot. Romney is leading narrowly among potential caucus-goers. On Sunday, Romney picked up another endorsement from the Iowa newspaper, "The Quad City Times." Paul says his campaign is picking up momentum. "We're doing very, very well, and people should just be a little patient. On Tuesday, we're going to find out a lot more about the future of this election," Paul said.

Former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania rounded out the top three in the newspaper's poll. "My surge is going to come on January 3rd, after the people of Iowa do what they do, which is to actually analyze the candidates, figure out where their positions are, find out who's the right leader, who's got what it takes to defeat Barack Obama and to lead this country," Santorum said.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad seems to agree with Santorum. "My goal is, as a Governor, to unite the Republican Party, attract the independents and defeat Obama. We launched him, and we want to sink him," Branstad said.

Also on the campaign trail Sunday, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann stumped in Iowa, while Jon Huntsman focused on New Hampshire. New Hampshire votes a week after the Iowa caucus.

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