Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Mike Huckabee said Sarah Palin is "a very charismatic person who is rock star status in the Republican Party"; only 27 percent of Iowans know who Tim Pawlenty is, but they like him okay; an aide estimates that Sarah Palin has signed 20,000 copies of her book; she also accused President Obama of not acknowledging the sacrifices of U.S. troops; and Newt Gingrich will hold a series of town halls on jobs issues, with one in Cincinnati on December 2 and another in Jackson, Mississippi December 3.

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