Romney, Gingrich proceed carefully in GOP showdown

December 4, 2011 - 6:08 AM
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks to supporters and volunteers during a rally Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — With the exit of Herman Cain, the 2012 Republican presidential field appears to be narrowing to a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

GOP voters have a month before the Iowa caucuses. And Gingrich is showing strength in the latest Iowa poll.

Romney has maintained a political network since his 2008 presidential bid, especially in New Hampshire. Gingrich, whose campaign nearly collapsed several months ago, is relying on his debate performances and the good will he's built up with some conservatives.

Gingrich's efforts appear to be paying off in Iowa. A Des Moines Register poll released late Saturday found Gingrich leading the GOP field with 25 percent support, ahead of Ron Paul at 18 percent and Romney at 16.