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DES MOINES, IOWA — Ted Cruz is the clear favorite to win the Iowa Caucuses. The latest poll showing him in first place is no blip, nor is it a surprise.

Seven Republican candidates were in Iowa this week, and five attended the "Rising Tide Summit" hosted by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian grass-roots organization.

This conference, two months from Iowa's caucuses, provided a good opportunity to assess the candidates' chances in the crucial first-in-the-nation contests, to be held February 1.

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