Texas Gov. Rick Perry attends the Westside Conservative Club breakfast Wednesday in Urbandale, Iowa. Eric Gay/Associated Press hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a campaign event at Clark Electric Co-op on Dec. 27 in Osceola, Iowa. Perry's stance on immigration has troubled some Iowa voters. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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In a last bout of campaigning before Christmas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota signs autographs at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, on Dec. 22. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with voter Jane High before speaking at the Scott County Republican party's Ronald Reagan Dinner on Nov. 14 in Bettendorf, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Hillary Clinton's "inevitability" became less certain after a debate in Philadelphia at Drexel University in October 2007. William Thomas Cain/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidates jockeyed for airtime when they met for their first prime time TV debate on Saturday night in South Carolina. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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HANOVER, NH - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Jon Huntsman, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney laugh during the Republican Presidential debate hosted by Bloomberg and the Washington Post on October 11, 2011 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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Political Junkie

The State Of The GOP Field

This week's Political Junkie column focuses on the state of the Republican presidential field, and why the current fixation on Herman Cain is not likely to last.

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Herman Cain (right) speaks as Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks on during a GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney maintained his frontrunner status in the GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Tuesday.

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If he decides to enter the GOP presidential race, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could learn a few things from fellow Gov. Rick Perry's troubles on the campaign trail.

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Herman Cain speaks prior to Florida's straw poll at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday in Orlando. Cain was a clear winner in the non-binding poll. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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