A new Bloomberg News poll demonstrates how tight and murky the presidential race in Iowa is at the moment. As Herman Cain’s trajectory has moved decisively downward, the other “anti-Romney” candidates are shooting upward. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also remains solid and consistent, gaining 18 percent of the vote.
While much has been made recently of the quick rise for former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, the Bloomberg poll’s biggest surprise is the strength of Texas Rep. Ron Paul who came in just behind Cain at 19 percent.
Paul’s polling numbers, state-by-state, have generally stayed consistent at around 10-12 percent, and he has a strong base of dedicated supporters. This jump is a reflection of the weakening support for Herman Cain and also Paul’s strong organization in the state of Iowa.
Also of note is the lackluster support for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has spent most of his time campaigning in Iowa and has been running on the social issues that can resonate with many of the state’s voters.
Here are the results of the Iowa poll:
Herman Cain- 20%
Ron Paul- 19%
Mitt Romney- 18%
Newt Gingrich- 17%
Rick Perry- 7%
Michele Bachmann- 5%
Rick Santorum- 3%
Jon Huntsman- 1%