GOP primaries

Romney expects ‘good boost’ from Iowa vote

Even if Mitt Romney fails to win Tuesday’s highly anticipated caucus, the GOP presidential candidate predicts he will benefit from a “good boost coming out of Iowa.”

“I’m pretty encouraged. I don’t know if I’ll come in first, second or third,” Romney told CBS News on Monday. “But I think I’m going to get a good boost coming out of Iowa.” 

{mosads}A Public Policy Polling survey released Sunday showed Romney in second place with 19 percent of GOP voters polled saying they would support the former Massachusetts governor. 

In that poll, Romney trailed only Tea Party firebrand Texas Rep. Ron Paul who stood at 20 percent. Romney was just ahead of Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, who was at 18 percent.

“I’ve seen polls in the past, and I know it’s very difficult to predict who will actually caucus in Iowa, but I think I’m getting a real strong send-off,” Romney told the network.

Santorum’s numbers have been on the rise since just after Christmas, when news reports began touting his sudden surge.

Romney told CBS he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see the social conservative Santorum “do very well” in Iowa.

Santorum’s sudden surge has put him in the conversation as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney, whom some analysts say could be close to all but wrapping up the GOP nomination with a strong performance in Iowa and a victory in New Hampshire.

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