day of the
election year, we're
away from the first contest to see who will face off against
in november. the
are on tuesday and tonight the final polls from the
des moines register
in the lead with
close behind and
surging into third place ahead of
. our political team is in place in
. and we begin tonight with nbc's
, good evening.
kate, good evening to you from a frigid
. the long hot quest for voter support here in
is about to end. most voters have already lined up behind their candidates, but a good number of them are still uncertain and they could be a real
come tuesday. at church this morning,
needed a little intervention to be heard.
turning on the power. that's what we're going to do this morning. we're going to
turn on the power
while bachmann supporters are no longer electrifying voters here --
president of the united states
by contrast has seen a
, suddenly within striking distance of the front-runner
's support spiked on thursday and friday in the newspaper polls, with 41% of caucus voters still unsettled, the last
and efforts to close the deal could ultimately decide the winner.
they need to be getting out around the state, giving voters a last chance to actually meet the candidate in person. i think that personal connection is very, very important. it is a stronger connection than you get from seeing a candidate on tv.
today on "meet the press,"
defended his support of
four years ago as a stronger conservative than
. credentials he now criticizes.
i made the political judgment right or wrong that the best way to start
, which is what my concern was.
i had a lot of earmarks.
targeting the resurgent
of late, went to church this morning but otherwise kept a
. late today,
turned the tables, mocking an earlier stumble by perry.
i love these candidates who get these huge applause, i'm going to get rid of this one and this one and one other one and then --
, meanwhile, continued his final push as some in the largely evangelical
continue to wrestle with questions of his mormon faith.
how about his faith? does that pose a problem for you?
the problem for
today out on the trail,
's money, hitting the former
's wallet with gingrich saying he would buy it if he could.
made himself at home in new hampshire, off to a
when the race catches up to him in the
mott, thank you.