TIME OUT

Ron Paul Going Home for New Year's

With the latest polls showing Ron Paul neck and neck with Mitt Romney in Iowa, Paul has strangely decided to take a breather days before the caucuses. Paul told PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff that he'd be spending the weekend in Texas, and his campaign confirms the decision. There are precedents for such a move, but they aren't good ones—The Washington Post points out that Newt Gingrich took a weekend off earlier this month, and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley took a week off just before losing to Scott Brown.