In a poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers, Ron Paul is now the second choice. He’s tied with Mitt Romney, right behind the GOP field’s newest front-runner Newt Gingrich. Paul and Romney have the support of 17 percent of caucus-goers, and Gingrich has 22 percent according to the poll from the American Research Group.

The surge couldn’t come at a better time for Paul. With Iowa less than three weeks away, organization is key — and Paul is more organized than his counterparts.

In the same poll, Paul leads among Independent voters. Thirty-nine percent of likely Independent caucus-goers say they support Paul. That’s 20 percent more support than the rest of the GOP field.

The margin of error for the poll is ±4 percentage points. The American Research Group, Inc. has been polling since 1985, according to its website.