(AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are locked in a battle for the top slot in Iowa heading into the state’s Tuesday caucuses.

Twenty-four percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers said they would support Romney and 22 percent indicated backing for Paul, according to the Iowa Poll, conducted by Selzer & Co. for the Des Moines Register and released on Saturday evening.

Fifteen percent of likely caucus-goers said they would support former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, while 12 percent preferred former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 11 percent for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and 7 percent for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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