Mitt Romney holds sizable lead in Iowa over presumptive Republican presidential candidates

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Mitt Romney holds sizable lead in Iowa over presumptive Republican presidential candidates

Mitt Romney - 21%

Former Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivers remarks during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 15, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American conservative Union held its annual conference in the suburb of Washington, DC, to rally conservatives and generate ideas.

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Uncertain - 18%

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Jeb Bush - 14%

Former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014.

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Rand Paul - 8%

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., questions Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on 'United States Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant' on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

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Ted Cruz - 7%

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the second annual Conservative Policy Summit at the Heritage Foundation January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. The theme for the summit this year is 'Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None.'

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Paul Ryan - 5%

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, speaks after a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Ryan said he'd support more aggressive bombings in the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants after the beheading of a U.S. journalist.

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Christ Christie - 5%

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives the annual State of the State address on January 13, 2015 in Trenton, New Jersey. Christie addressed topics ranging from state pensions to new drug addiction solutions.

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Marco Rubio - 4%

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., holds a news conference following President Barack Obama's announcement of improved relations with Cuba on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

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The third time could be a charm for Mitt Romney.

New polling shows the former Massachusetts governor is crushing all presumptive Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, where the first caucus is traditionally held.

Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to an incumbent Barack Obama, snagged 21 percent of votes, according to a Gravis poll cited in People's Pundit Daily (PPD).

Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush came in third with 14 percent of the vote and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker held down fourth with 10 percent.

Undecideds made up 18 percent of those polled, good enough for second place.

Both Romney and Bush have yet to officially declare, but Romney has reportedly considered a third try and Bush has announced he is "exploring the possibility."

A declaration by either candidate could swing a large chunk of undecided votes in to their camp.

Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis, insisted to PPD that the gap between Romney's and the others can not easily be closed.

"Romney has never left the hearts and minds of Republican voters and he will hold the dominant position in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination until the other candidates spin up their own campaigns" Kaplan told the website.

"Romney's name recognition and the loyalty Republicans have for their last nominee give him an opportunity that no one else has."

Ex-Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, also reportedly considering another White House run, rounded out the top five with nine percent.

Kentucky Senator Ran Paul, the Libertarian-influenced son of former Texas Senator Ron Paul, came in sixth with eight percent.

"There is no doubt that Paul is gearing up for a run and the question is whether he can energize the people and pocketbooks that supported his father," Kaplan explained to PPD.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New Jersey governor Chris Christie each hauled in five percent. Florida Senator Marco Rubio snagged four percent.

Christie reportedly landed the top RNC fundraiser earlier this week in Ray Washbourne.

The Texas native confirmed to the Associated Press that he is stepping down from his post as finance chief for the Republican National Committee but declined to say why.

The Iowa Caucuses, which officially kick off the run to the White House, are scheduled for January 16, 2016.

Republicans now hold a majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The right's tide is clearly rising.

This could be Mitt's time to shine -- if he runs.

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