With four days until the Iowa caucues, there's only eight points separating five candidates ahead of the Republican primary race's first votes.
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Gov. Mitt Romney, mired in second place for most of the year in Iowa as other GOP flavor of the month candidates came and went, is now in first place according to a new NBC/Marist poll out on Friday, taking the pole position with 23 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who just enjoyed a short time in first place himself, gets 21 percent. A battle for third place is brewing among candidates all making a play for the most conservative voters in the state, with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) getting 15 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 14, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 13.