Supporters look on as Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX ) speaks at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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One might be forgiven for forgetting that there are 12 Republicans still in the White House race -- for now, it's a two-man show.The battle between billionaire frontrunner Donald Trump and maverick Senator Ted Cruz is the main event for conservatives, who are torn with nine days to go before the Iowa caucus.The latest opinion poll, conducted by CNN among likely Republican voters, shows Trump with 37 percent support to 26 percent for Cruz.At the start of January, several polls had Cruz in first place.The 69-year-old real estate tycoon Trump and the 45-year-old Texas senator refused to attack each other until just recently.On Saturday, Trump started the day in Sioux Center in northwest Iowa.Cruz has portrayed Trump as an unscrupulous businessman who favors seizing private property so his casinos can thrive.Some party stalwarts however have welcomed Trump.Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post that he preferred Trump to Cruz.
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