Early returns: Paul, Santorum, Romney vie for lead

January 3, 2012 - 9:26 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas congressman Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are vying for the lead in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses.

Early returns show the three men are separated by only a few dozen votes. The caucuses are the opening night in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall election.