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Rick Santorum is in third place in Iowa, new CNN poll says

Chris Moody, Yahoo News
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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- After spending a majority of the campaign season at the bottom of the polls, Rick Santorum is seeing a last-minute rise in Iowa just days before the Republican caucuses, according to a CNN survey released Wednesday.

The poll of registered Republicans in Iowa shows Mitt Romney leading with 25 percent, Ron Paul in second with 22 percent and Santorum in third with 16 percent, his largest showing yet. Newt Gingrich, who led in the state just a few weeks ago, was fourth with 14 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

When asked about the new poll numbers during a campaign stop at a furniture store here on Wednesday afternoon, Santorum said he had not heard of them yet.

"I feel very, very good about how things are going and it's nice to see that reflected in some of the polls, but we have a lot of work to do. A lot of work," he said when a reporter informed him of his new standing in the state.

Keating Holland, the polling director for CNN, says most of Santorum's support comes from religious conservatives:

"Most of Santorum's gains have come among likely caucus participants who are born-again or evangelical, and he now tops the list among that crucial voting bloc, with support from 22 percent of born-agains compared to 18 percent for Paul, 16 percent for Romney, and 14 percent for Gingrich."

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