Mitt RomneyATLANTIC, Iowa – Republican presidential hopefuls made eleventh-hour pitches to Iowa voters, seeking a decisive “boost” over their rivals on the eve of the first contest of this year’s US election campaign.
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Mitt Romney – who portrays himself as the strongest candidate to beat President Barack Obama in November elections – has retaken a thin lead in the heartland state before Iowans cast the first ballots of the Republican nominating process tomorrow.

“I can’t tell you who’s going to win this thing,” the former Massachusetts governor said after chatting and shaking hands with scores of people in a packed diner.

“But I do believe that I’m going to have a great deal of support.”

But with four in 10 Iowans telling pollsters they could still change their minds, veteran Texas Representative Ron Paul stands within striking distance of Mr Romney. “I may come in first, I may come in second. I doubt I’ll come in third or fourth,” Mr Paul, known for anti-interventionist and libertarian views, told CNN.

And firebrand social conservative Rick Santorum’s support was surging as Iowa’s evangelical Christians, a critical Republican bloc, seemed to be rallying behind the former senator from the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

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