Ron Paul's Poll Numbers Climb in Iowa

A new poll puts Paul in a close second to Herman Cain in the early caucus state.

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Rep. Ron Paul is polling strong in Iowa, according to a new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll released today.

Paul won support from 20.4 percent of registered Republican and independent voters polled in the state, second only to Herman Cain, who garnered 24.5 percent.

"Dr. Paul earned these numbers by combining the best message with the best-run campaign," says national campaign chair Jesse Benton. "We plan to keep it up, continue to grow our support, and do very well on caucus night."

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Paul's support is particularly strong among those making less than $25,000 a year and among those making $50,000 to $75,000 a year, according to the poll.

He also routed his opposition in the college graduate vote and the nonreligious vote. Almost 26 percent of college grads chose Paul, and among voters identifying themselves as "secular," Paul won a whopping 58.7 percent.

Pollsters surveyed 1,256 registered Iowa voters—377 of whom said they would probably or definitely participate in the January 3 caucus—between November 1 and 13.

A Bloomberg poll earlier in the week also gave Paul good marks in Iowa and New Hampshire—19 percent of voters from those states combined chose Paul, compared to 20 percent who chose Cain.

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