The most recent polls in Iowa show the biggest percentage of favorability for a single candidate at only 15% (Scott Walker) with all other candidates trailing closely behind and most in mere single digits.
With a margin of error of three to four points, that means one thing: the race for the Republican nomination is anybody’s ballgame. The lead in Iowa polls over the last year has grown increasingly unstable, and with Mitt Romney’s formal decline to run the instability looks to be the order of the day for quite a while.
In the last two weeks most of the potential Republican candidates have been seen making preparation and moves to begin securing key supporter in the bellwether state. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Scott Walker have been adding staffers and building infrastructure in the state. While other candidates, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump have already booked more speaking engagements.
Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina are courting key conservative influencers including pastors and radio personalities. On the whole, with one year to go before the die is cast and more than six months before the first debate, the first-in-the-nation state is already in a political frenzy.