Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/29/2011

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More Washington Post reporters arrived in Iowa Wednesday to trail the candidates as the caucuses near. Here’s a Twitter list you can use to follow their updates.

And here’s today’s news in tweets.

Santorum on the rise

Is there time for one more “not-Romney” front-runner to emerge in the Republican field? Rick Santorum was third behind Mitt Romney and Ron Paul in the CNN-Time Iowa poll released yesterday.

More from Right Turn’s Jennifer Rubin: Santorum defies expectations, makes his move

Romney’s Iowa expectations.

If Romney wins New Hampshire and Iowa — and recent polling suggests he likely will — he would be the first non-incumbent to do so since the two states became early primary states in 1976, the Fix’s Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake write in the Morning Fix.

More from E.J. Dionne: New Hampshire looks like Romney’s granite fortress

Paul’s volunteer army looks the part

The New York Times’ Richard Oppel reports that Ron Paul volunteers “are under strict orders: To look, dress, shave, sound and behave in a way that will not jeopardize Mr. Paul’s chances. Even before flying here on their own nickel, some students said they had been instructed to cover up tattoos and told that their faces should be fresh-shaved or beards neatly trimmed, wearing only nice clothes that one described as ‘business casual.’ ”

Bachmann’s Iowa chairman defects

Iowa State Sen. Ken Sorenson did not tell Michele Bachmann he planned to leave her campaign and endorse Ron Paul until he was on the way to a Ron Paul rally. “The state lawmaker attended a Bachmann event just four hours earlier and declined to speak to the crowd, citing dental work,”Rachel Weiner reports.

#CampaignReads

What must-read Iowa stories did we miss? Flag them on Twitter using #CampaignReads. We will feature them in an Election2012 blog post each afternoon.

Yesterday’s #campaignreads feature: http://wapo.st/vAetss

Today’s events

From @PBSNewsHour’s Political Calendar

Mitt Romney: 8:50 a.m., discusses jobs and the economy in Cedar Falls; 1:10 p.m., talks more about jobs and the economy in Mason City; 6:30 p.m., holds a rally in Ames.

Rick Santorum:9 a.m., town hall in Coralville; Noon, Wilton Candy Shop in Wilton; 1 p.m., town hall in Muscatine; 8 p.m., campaign rally in Davenport.

Newt Gingrich: 9:30, 10, 10:45 and 11 a.m.: campaign events in Sioux City; 1:30 p.m., holds a town hall in Storm Lake; 8 p.m., campaign event in Carroll.

Rick Perry: 11 a.m., meet-and-greet in Washington; 1:30 p.m., meet-and-greet in Cedar Rapids; 5 p.m., tele-town hall; 6:30 p.m., town hall in Marshalltown.

Michele Bachmann: 11 a.m., media availability in Des Moines; noon, town hall in Des Moines; 2 p.m., speaks to the Iowa Association of Mortgage Brokers in Des Moines; 4 p.m., meet-and-greet in Marshalltown; 5:10 p.m., meet-and-greet in Nevada; 6 p.m., campaign event in Denison.

Ron Paul: 1 p.m., town hall in Perry; 4 p.m., town hall in Atlantic; 8 p.m., town hall in Council Bluffs.

Jon Huntsman (in New Hampshire): Noon: speaks at the Laconia Rotary Meeting in Laconia, N.H.; 2 p.m., visits Page Belting Company in Boscawen, N.H; 7 p.m., town hall in Wolfeboro, N.H.

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