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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2011 photo, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, speaks at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)   FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2011 photo, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, speaks at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)   

Report: Ron Paul leads the field in Iowa poll

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Steven Nelson
Associate Editor

A poll commissioned by Revolution PAC, a super PAC supporting Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s candidacy for president, shows that Paul is in first place in Iowa.

Preliminary results posted on the PAC’s website show Paul leading with 25-percent support from Republicans, independents and disaffected Democrats. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich scored at 21 percent and businessman Herman Cain at 20 percent.

Among Republicans only, the poll shows Paul and Cain tied at 22 percent, followed by Gingrich at 21 percent. The full results will be released Wednesday, but will not include opinions sampled after Tuesday night’s CNN foreign policy debate in Washington, D.C.

Earlier this month, two Iowa polls found Paul in second place. A Bloomberg poll found Paul in a statistical four-way tie for first place, at 19 percent, and an Iowa State University poll found him trailing only Cain, at 20.4 percent.

Political observers have suggested Paul could win in Iowa as a result of socially conservative voters being split between several candidates.

The poll was conducted by TeleResearch, with a sample size of 2,900 and a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. A total of 700 likely Republican caucus-goers were included in the sample.

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