Romney says he expects to win Iowa's caucuses

January 2, 2012 - 6:37 PM
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

MARION, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he's going to win the Iowa caucuses.

Romney is telling a raucous crowd in Marion, Iowa, that he expects to, in his words, "win this thing." He tells supporters that the Iowa caucuses will kick off a process that will make him the Republican nominee.

Romney is battling his closest rivals in polls, Texas congressman Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a day before Republican voters begin choosing their nominee.

Romney is spending Monday campaigning across eastern Iowa in an effort to turn out supporters who backed him when he ran in 2008.