Paul, Gingrich Up On Facebook Prior To Iowa Caucus

With exactly one week before voting gets underway in the Republican presidential primary contest, new polling and the Inside Facebook 2012 Election Tracker convey a fluid field before next Tuesday's Iowa caucus.

With exactly one week before voting gets underway in the Republican presidential primary contest, new polling and the Inside Facebook 2012 Election Tracker convey a fluid field before next Tuesday’s Iowa caucus.

New polling from the American Research Group of likely Iowa voters effectively showed a three-way tie between Ron Paul at 21 percent, Mitt Romney at 20 percent, and Newt Gingrich at 19 percent. UPDATE: A poll released Tuesday night by Public Policy Polling had Gingrich slipping and Paul rising, with Paul at 24 percent, Romney at 20 percent, and Gingrich at 13 percent.

Our Inside Election Tracker‘s look at Facebook fan-page growth in the past week supports the notion that Paul is a front-runner.

He showed the most growth in new Facebook fans among the top three GOP contenders, followed by Gingrich and Romney, despite a week when the spotlight was on Paul for inflammatory content in a newsletter that was published in his name in the 1990s.

Romney, however, still holds a commanding lead among the presidential hopefuls in overall Facebook fans, with more than 1,236,857. Romney’s latest campaign ad, titled “Conservative Agenda,” has been shared 3,252 times since it was posted Monday on the campaign’s Facebook wall.

In other campaign news, Gingrich‘s campaign manager took to the candidate’s Facebook page over the weekend with a statement regarding the campaign’s failure to appear on the Virginia ballot on Super Tuesday, March 6.

In remarks that were shared 67 times, with more than 1,000 likes and 644 comments, Michael Krull said, “This was not due to a lack of effort by our volunteers, but the cumbersome process in Virginia. We are exploring alternate methods to compete in Virginia — stay tuned.”

Do you think the growth in Facebook fans will indicate who will win the Iowa caucus Jan. 3?