ABC News’ Political Stock Market: It was a rough day for most of the candidates. Huntsman posted the biggest loss at 5 points and is hovering around 33 heading into the final hour of trading. Obama also posted a big drop, losing 3 points, but the president still more than doubles Huntsman’s support at 67. Gingrich hovered around 53 while Romney, Perry and Paul each fell about 2 points.
Following a CNN poll that showed Santorum’s support swelling in Iowa, the now third-place candidate’s stock market value got a bump in mid-afternoon trading, but fell in the last hour by 2 points to about 26. Bachmann was the only candidate who was up today, gaining 2 points to round out the afternoon at nearly 33.
Romney Regains Frontrunner Status: Mitt Romney received some good news six days ahead of the Iowa caucus. A new CNN/Time/ORC International Poll found that 25 percent of likely GOP voters in Iowa picked the former Massachusetts governor as the candidate of choice. Ron Paul’s support jumped to 22 percent while Gingrich, who topped the poll earlier this month with 33 percent of approval, plunged to 14 percent, below Rick Santorum.