Iowa GOP chairman: Caucus will come down to the wire
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The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says the Hawkeye State’s GOP presidential caucus is still up for grabs, predicting the race will be a “nail-biter.”
 
“The people are waiting to make up their minds,” Jeff Kaufmann told host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 New York on Sunday. 
 
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“I don’t think we’re going to have polls that are predictable of the end of this thing, this caucus season in Iowa,” he added. 
 
“We’re going to be well into January before this thing starts flushing out to the point where you can even start talking about the top five and the bottom five.”
 
 
“I am still hearing the buzz about Donald Trump,” he said. “I hear people with strong opinions about him, both the positives and the negatives. I certainly have not seen any indication yet that the negative opinions that I’m hearing are outnumbering the positive opinions that I’m hearing.”
 
Although the GOP chairman maintained that Trump is still the favorite, he said several campaigns are beginning to gain momentum.
 
“I’m sensing some momentum in the Rubio campaign, in the Christie campaign, in the Bush campaign,” Kauffman said. “I’m sensing some on the ground movement for Bobby Jindal out here.”
 
Trump leads the race for the first-in-the-nation caucus with 24.8 percent support, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. 
 
 
After them are businesswoman Carly Fiorina with 8 percent, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours Erdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn MORE (R-Fla.) with 7 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 5.5 percent.