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Republicans battle over undecided voters in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich are battling to win over a pivotal crop of undecided conservative voters in Iowa with only five days to go until the caucuses.

The maneuvering underscores the fluid state of the GOP presidential race in Iowa.

Cultural conservatives and evangelical Republicans make up the base of the electorate. They continue to be divided and that paves the way for someone who is seen as less consistently conservative.

Public and private polling show Mitt Romney and Ron Paul in strong contention to win the caucuses, with coalitions of support cobbled together from across the Republican political spectrum and their get-out-the-vote operations. They're the only two with the money and the organizations necessary to ensure big turnouts on Tuesday.

Santorum, Perry and Gingrich will have to rely largely on momentum to carry supporters to precinct caucuses.

Michele Bachmann, meanwhile, is working to convince backers that her campaign is not in disarray after a top supporter in Iowa abandoned her to back Paul.

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