GOP presidential nominee hopefuls are still vying for the top spot in Iowa.

Meanwhile, the most recent Des Moines Register poll, released last weekend, shows the following breakdown:

• Mitt Romney – 24 percent
• Ron Paul – 22 percent
• Rick Santorum – 15 percent
• Newt Gingrich – 12 percent
• Rick Perry – 11 percent
• Michele Bachmann – 7 percent

The polling was conducted from Dec. 27 – Dec. 30. The newspaper reported that if the final two days of polling stood alone, Santorum would be in second place and Paul would be in third.

The newspaper also reported that 41 percent of those polled could be swayed in a different direction.

Perry and Bachmann plan to make their next, and possibly last, stands in South Carolina instead of chasing the rest of the GOP presidential pack to New Hampshire.

Neither candidate is a sure bet to survive Tuesday’s lead-off Iowa caucuses, but both say they’ll jump ahead to the first Southern state to vote, recognizing they have little hope of making up ground in the nine days before New Hampshire’s primary.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney is heavily favored in his neighboring state, but a few others are in pursuit.

Perry will head straight to Greenville, S.C. Wednesday. Bachmann will spend part of three days in that state beginning Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.