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I can’t avoid the “third time’s the charm” bandwagon any longer. We’re going to have a discussion about whether Mitt Romney will launch yet another bid for the presidency. These stories would be meaningless if it weren’t for the fact that Romney hasn’t entirely ruled it out, yet.

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Report from the Des Moines Register:

If the presidential election were held today, and Iowa’s likely 2016 voters had a choice between Democrat Hillary Clinton and a kaleidoscope of Republicans, Clinton beats nearly everybody.

Everybody, except one: Mitt Romney tops Clinton, 44 percent to 43 percent, the new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll shows.

Romney answers the “would the third time be the charm?” question a little differently each time, but it’s always a version of no. Clinton is open about the fact she’s considering a second presidential run, but for now, she’s living life as a newly minted grandmother.

Despite her polling power over the Republicans, Clinton remains a polarizing figure in Iowa. Her favorability rating is upside down: 49 percent of likely 2014 voters have a negative view of her, 2 percentage points more than those who view her favorably (47 percent).

The fact that Hillary beats every Republican except Romney is meaningless at this point, many voters don’t know which Republicans may or may not be running. However, the fact that Romney is still a viable option in the minds of many voters tells me that he has a lot of lingering support. At least, in Iowa.

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