Paul strength may help Romney in Iowa

AMES, Iowa (AP) ? Mitt Romney may have some help in Iowa: Ron Paul.

Any rival who drains votes away from the rising Newt Gingrich ? as Paul’s allies believe he does ? could help keep Romney’s chief opponent at bay here. But Paul’s traditional, all-out campaign in Iowa has pushed the libertarian-leaning congressman into second in a key Iowa poll ? and the reality is that even if he wins the caucuses, many Republicans say, he likely can’t win the Republican presidential nomination.

That means, Romney allies privately say, that Paul’s success may be Romney’s gain.