For native Iowan Jackie Fleming, 78, it has been a confounding political season. With about five weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, the lifelong Republican has switched allegiances three times – from Rick Perry to Herman Cain to, for the moment, Newt Gingrich.

Still not absolutely sure, she attended last weekend’s Thanksgiving Family Forum in Des Moines, hoping to get a better read on the six candidates participating.

Her friend sitting beside her at the forum had no doubts about his allegiance.

“I supported Ron Paul last time,” said Chris Johnson, a 27-year-old maintenance supervisor, “and I’m supporting him this time. The only difference is, I’ll be working harder for him than I did in ’08.”

Johnson worked as a precinct captain three years ago.

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