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Posted November 3, 2011
What’s Ahead Nov. 3: Romney return to Eastern Iowa — is this the start of a caucus campaign?

In this May 27, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes his way to his vehicle after speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. Romney is planning to return to Iowa Nov. 7 for campaign appearances in Dubuque and Scott counties. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)


Mitt Romney, the will-he-or-won’t-he candidate of the 2012 election cycle will.

Campaign in Iowa, that is.

The former Massachusetts governor will be back in Iowa Nov. 7, campaigning in Dubuque and Scott counties, territory he carried in 2008 when he was runner-up to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. No details of the visit have been announced.

Romney has spent little time in Iowa, but has hinted that he will actively compete in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. Most recently, he campaigned at Morningside College in Sioux City. However, he has declined recent invitations to appear in Iowa with his rivals, such as the Nov. 1 job creation and manufacturing forum in Pella.

During that October visit to Sioux City, Romney told Iowans they are important they were to the electoral process.

“I’ll be back again and again,” he said. “I’d like to win Iowa.”

That may be looking like more of a possibility now that his chief rival here, Herman Cain, is struggling to cope with more information about alleged sexual harassment complaints.

Romney has finished near the top in Iowa polls this year, including the Oct. 30 Iowa Polls, which showed him narrowly trailing businessman Cain. If Cain is out of the race – literally or metaphorically, Romney could be alone atop the polls. It’s not clear where Cain’s supporters would go. It’s likely they would be divided among other conservatives in the 2012 GOP field.

And it’s likely Cain’s support will take a hit, according to Iowa County GOP Chairwoman Alice DeRycke of Belle Plaine. She said Iowa County Republicans don’t like their candidates “messing around.” That applies to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times, she added.


On the calendar:

Nov. 3

Rick Santorum, 7 a.m., Ames Conservative Breakfast Club, Pizza Ranch, Ames; 11:30 a.m., Des Moines Lions, 700 Walnut St., Des Moines; 6 p.m., Dallas County GOP Chili Supper, Dallas Fairgrounds, Adel

Michele Bachmann, Noon, speaking on economic policy, Iowa State University, Ames; 6 p.m., Dallas County GOP Chili Supper, Dallas Fairgrounds, Adel

Rick Perry, town hall meeting with Pioneer Hi-Bred employees, 7000 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston

Nov. 4

Rick Santorum, 7 a.m. Young Businessmen’s Breakfast Club, 1800 50th St., West Des Moines; 11:30 a.m., kicking off his “Faith, Family and Freedom Tour,” 11197 Aurora Ave., Urbandale; 6 p.m. gun show at Adventureland Park, Altoona

Ron Paul, 3:30 p.m., town hall with employees of Nationwide/Allied Insurance, 1200 Locust St., Des Moines

Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, 7 p.m., Republican Party of Iowa Reagan Dinner, Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St., Des Moines

Nov. 7

Mitt Romney, Dubuque, no details


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