DES MOINES — Measured by national polling, media attention and millions
in the bank, the Republican field appears to have come down to a bout
between two heavyweights:
, the former Massachusetts governor, vs. Gov. of Texas.
But in the state where the first nominating votes will actually be counted, the field resembles more of an all-out brawl, with candidates who rank deep on the undercard nationally given a chance to steal an upset finish at or near the top in the Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest, now probably less than three months away.
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