4) Newt Gingrich raised about $9 million
during the fourth quarter and has purchased $500,000 worth of television time in Iowa. But is it too little too late? Gingrich's numbers have tumbled in the latest polls, as scrutiny over his record has intensified. And if he turns in weak showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, he'll need a dominant performance in South Carolina to have a shot at rebounding.
3) Despite the frustration Hispanic voters have shown with President Obama
's policies, they still view him in a much better light
when compared to the GOP frontrunner. In the latest Pew Poll, he leads Mitt Romney
68 percent to 23 percent among Hispanic voters.
2) The media buzz surrounding Romney's Iowa prospects is only going to be hyped up more following the release of a new CNN/Time/ORC poll
on Wednesday that showed the former governor leading the pack in the Hawkeye State with 25 percent, right alongside Paul who is at 22 percent. The surprise in the poll? Rick Santorum
, who placed third with 16 percent. Gingrich continues to fade, placing fourth with just 14 percent support.
In Iowa kicking off his three-day bus tour on Wednesday, Romney -- without naming him -- took a swipe
at Paul's foreign policy stance. Meanwhile, Paul picked up the support
of Rep. Michele Bachmann
's state chairman.
1) Here's a nugget in the Des Moines Register
that has Romney supporters smiling today:
At midday Wednesday, his aides realized they'd seriously underestimated how many folks would come out to see him at Homer's Deli and Sweetheart Bakery, which holds fewer than 200. About double that many had shown up...