Happy New Year!

Here is video from New York’s Times Square of the “Ball Drop” as New Yorkers celebrate the beginning of 2012.

New York Rings in the Beginning of 2012. Happy New Year! – Video 1/1/12

The Des Moines Register has released it’s final poll ahead of the January 3, 2012, Iowa Caucuses. Here are the results:

Dec 27-30: Romney leads at 24. Paul 22, Santorum 15, Gingrich 12, Perry 11, Bachmann 7.

However:

Final 2 days of DMR polling Santorum ahead to 21, Paul in 3rd at 18. Romney remains same at top, 24. Others same order.

Larry Sabato Tweets about the results of the poll:

Everyone says Santorum peaked at just right moment. But did he? Sustained negative ads in final 72 hrs by others can reverse Sant-Surge.

Will other candidates go negative on Santorum on TV? Who can turn them around fast? Romney, Paul, Perry.

Check all the polls and the polling averages in Iowa. Romney leads the 4-day polling average by 3 points.

Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight over at the New York Times has factored the Register Poll into their latest projection for the Iowa Caucuses: Romney 24.2%, Paul 19.2%, Santorum 17.3%, Gingrich 13.8% . . . .

Des Moines Register Final Poll Results Ahead of Iowa Caucuses: Romney, Paul, Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann – 12/31/11

On this week’s “Inside Washington,” the panel was asked to predict who the 2012 GOP Presidential Ticket will be. Interestingly, four of the five – starting with Charles Krauthammer – said “Mitt Romney/Marco Rubio.” Mark Shields predicted “Mitt Romney and Rob Portman of Ohio.”

Via Daily Caller

Krauthammer and Others Predict a “Romney / Rubio” GOP Presidential Ticket in 2012 – Video 12/31/11

Here is video of Rick Santorum being “glitter-bombed” today in Iowa by a man who then shouted at him, “Stop the hate. Taste the rainbow.”

Okaaaaay.

Rick Santorum just brushed it off and took it all in stride as he talked with supporters.

Via HotAirPundit

Sen. Rick Santorum “Glitter-Bombed” by Man in Iowa Shouting, “Stop the Hate. Taste the Rainbow!” – Video 12/30/11

We’re just three days away from the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, 2012. Who do you think is going to win? Please look in the right sidebar of the site and vote.

I’m sure it’s useless to say this, but I will anyway! We’d like you to vote for the candidate you really believe WILL win, not the candidate you want to win. Of course, they may be one and the same. We’ll see what kind of results we come up with by Tuesday. Thanks for participating!

Who Do You Think Will Win the Iowa Caucuses? – Opinion Poll

Here’s a new Rick Santorum ad that is airing in Iowa this weekend, and will air in New Hampshire next week. The ad focuses on Santorum’s credentials as the GOP Candidate with the “best chance” to defeat Barack Obama. The ad calls Santorum a “trusted conservative,” with a “Made in the USA” jobs plan, and “more Foreign Policy experience” than any of the other candidates.

In a sign Santorum is feeling very confident on how he will finish in Iowa, his campaign is reportedly making an ad buy in South Carolina, even though the primary there is not until January 21.

New Rick Santorum Ad Calls Him the “Best Chance” at Defeating Barack Obama; Confident Santorum Making Ad Buy in SC – Video

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening to try and make sure all major GOP Presidential Candidates will appear on the state’s Presidential Primary Ballot. Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have qualified for the ballot under Virginia’s laborious process. Virginia’s Primary is scheduled for “Super Tuesday,” March 6, 2012:

FOX NEWS: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in the Virginia presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned.

Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Virginia primary, a contest with 49 delegates up for grabs.

The failure of other candidates to qualify — notably Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry — led to complaints that the 10,000-signature requirement is too stringent.

Cuccinelli, who is a Republican, shared the concerns.

“Recent events have underscored that our system is deficient,” he said in a statement. “Virginia owes her citizens a better process. We can do it in time for the March primary if we resolve to do so quickly.”

Cuccinelli’s proposal is expected to state that if the Virginia Board of Elections certifies that a candidate is receiving federal matching funds, or has qualified to receive them, that candidate will upon request be automatically added to the ballot. . . . Read More

Via Weasel Zippers

Virginia Attorney General Intervening to Get All Major GOP Presidential Candidates on Primary Ballot

Here is video of Texas Gov. Rick Perry saying he is feeling “pretty good” about his chances in Tuesday’s Iowa Caucuses. He has been making steady gains in the polls in recent days, putting him within striking distance of finishing in the top three.

Via Washington Post

Click “More” Below for Video (if you are on the home page).

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Feeling “Pretty Good” about His Chances as Iowa Caucuses Draw Near – Video 12/30/11

RESULTS RELEASED

“Des Moines Register Iowa Poll results on Republican presidential race to be released at 7 p.m. today.”

UPDATE (Via Allahpundit): Here’s a nice rundown on the historical accuracy of the final Des Moines Register Poll before the Caucuses. As you see, they have gotten the winner right in both parties in 2000, 2004, and 2008.

Des Moines Register to Release Final Iowa Caucus Poll Results Tonight at 7 PM CT – 12/31/11

Here is video of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the campaign trail where he took what he called a “gotcha” question, and used it to hammer big Government and excessive spending. The question was about “Lawrence v. Texas,” a Supreme Court case where the court struck down anti-sodomy laws in Texas. Perry was not about to get drawn into a debate about the subject, but stayed on topic with his answer.

Rick Perry Handles a “Gotcha” Question on the Campaign Trail in Iowa – Video

Here is a video report on four “Occupy” Protesters in Charlotte who have been arrested for burning two U.S. Flags near their camp.

H/T Gateway Pundit via Fox Nation

Four “Occupy” Protesters Arrested for Burning U.S. Flags near Camp in Charlotte – Video Report 12/30/11

Via Breitbart.tv

Here is video of an Iowa Coffee Shop owner booting some “Occupy” Protesters out of her establishment:

“I just had to shut it down, I couldn’t stand it,” Amy Brehm, who owns the store, told Yahoo News after police escorted the last demonstrators out. “We all have our rights, but not in my place.”

Iowa Coffee Shop Owner Boots “Occupy” Protesters Out: “We All have our Rights, but Not in My Place” – Video 12/30/11

Here is video of a new web ad for Rick Perry, continuing his call for creating a “part-time Congress,” cutting their pay and “sending them home.” The ad presents Perry as a “fiscal conservative” who can bring real change to Washington.

New Web Ad Touts Rick Perry as “A Fiscal Conservative” – Video 12/30/11

Here is video of Newt Gingrich during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa today, getting emotional when asked to share about his late mother.

Newt Gingrich Gets Emotional in Iowa when Asked to Share about His Mother – Video 12/30/11

Here is video of a new ad supporting Jon Huntsman by “Our Destiny PAC.” The ad is running in New Hampshire, and it is direct attack on Mitt Romney, calling him “the Chameleon.” The ad says only “two serious candidates remain” – Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman – and then closes by saying “one state can stop the Chameleon.” Huntsman has staked his entire campaign on New Hampshire. He predicted victory there several months ago, but now says he has to “outperform market expectations” – whatever that means.

New PAC Ad for Jon Huntsman Slams Mitt Romney; Calls Romney “The Chameleon” – Video 12/30/11

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