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Ron Paul could complicate GOP's two-horse race

DES MOINES, Iowa - Texas Rep. Ron Paul has a serious chance of winning a top-two spot in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, enabling him to create problems for at least one of the GOP's presumptive front-runners heading into New Hampshire, political analysts said.

As some GOP candidates have faltered, Paul has maintained a steady rise in Iowa state polls since he won second place behind Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in the state's straw poll in August.

Today, Bachmann's support has fallen to single digits. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain each enjoyed brief stints as front-runners. But Perry's support faded following a string of poor debate performances and Cain dropped out after one woman alleged a 13-year affair with him and others claimed he sexually harassed them.

Paul, meanwhile, continues to earn second or third place in Iowa state polls.


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