GOP Candidates Court Iowa Voters, Pile on Santorum in Last Full Day of Campaigning

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While GOP candidates went at each other, Romney shifted his focus from attacking his GOP rivals to Obama, in a clear sign that the candidate is sensing victory.

Romney today won the endorsement of 15 state representatives in New Hampshire, home of the nation's first primary. Romney's surrogates, state Republican heavyweights John Sununu and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, rallied on behalf of the former Massachusetts governor as he made the rounds in Iowa.

"I don't think it's moral to pass on our obligations to the next generation. I think it's wrong and we've got to balance our budget," Romney said at a rally in Davenport, Iowa, today, attacking Obama's fiscal record.

Santorum's rise comes at the expense of Gingrich, who continued to campaign aggressively in Iowa but appeared to have resigned himself to his new, fourth-place position and admitted that Romney's negative campaign diluted his chances.

Gingrich, meanwhile, who held on to his front-runner status in Iowa and nationally for much longer than many anticipated, admitted that Romney's attack campaign chipped away at his popularity.

He told ABC News today he will "draw a very clear contrast" with Romney "every day" immediately after the Iowa caucuses.

"Everything we say will have Romney's quote, Romney's videotape, Romney's record; it'll all be based explicitly on Romney," Gingrich said in an interview in Independence, Iowa.

Romney's super PAC, Restore Our Future, has spent close to $3 million labeling the former House speaker as a Washington insider loaded down with political baggage.

ABC News' Amy Walter and Jonathan Karl contributed to this report.

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