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MOSCOW, IOWA - His wife by his side, former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney continued his upbeat closing argument in small venues like coffee shops and diners yesterday as religion-tinged political dirty tricks emerged in the run-up to the nation’s first caucus.

Some South Carolina Republicans received a bogus Mormon holiday card late last week falsely claiming to be from Romney. Yesterday, anonymous, Bible-quoting fliers were left on dozens of cars in Des Moines targeting Romney’s chief Iowa rival, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

But as a poll released yesterday by MSNBC and McClatchy showed Romney taking back his lead in Iowa with 27 percent to Huckabee’s 23 percent - confirming the Romney camp’s internal polling - Romney was in good spirits yesterday. He trumpeted “heartland” family values to a receptive crowd at The Cove diner in a small town in eastern Iowa.

“I’m convinced that the greatest sense of joy we have are the relationships with our spouse and our family,” Romney said.

Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, introduced him at the packed dining room after regaling the crowd with funny anecdotes about their 18-month-old grandson, the plight of raising five boys and the folly of her high heels.

“I am a mother of five boys. Unbelievable. That was hard,” she said, drawing laughs.

Ann Romney’s presence allowed Romney to play off her with good-natured humor about their marriage, like when he joked about raising their five boys that, “Ann gets most of the credit. Of course I didn’t have much to do with it.”

The routine won over Lisa Topping, 39, who lives in Iowa City.

“I like the way he carries himself,” she said after Romney’s appearance at the Moscow diner.

Meanwhile, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom yesterday decried the bogus Mormon mailing sent to voters in South Carolina, which was apparently intended to draw attention to Romney’s Mormonism and drew distinctions between Mormonism and Protestant denominations.

“Obviously it’s a contemptible political attack,” he said.

Fehrnstrom said the campaign had nothing to do with the anonymous leafleting attack on Huckabee in Iowa. The fliers, left on cars near the Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines, which was packed with hundreds of the faithful, including evangelicals, yesterday - quote the Bible’s Book of John and challenge Huckabee’s conservative credentials.

“Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment,” the flier says, citing John 7:24 in apparent mockery of the religious overtones of Huckabee’s campaigning. Quoting Arkansas newspapers, the flier listed a series of allegedly liberal actions Huckabee took as governor - a common theme among his critics.

Both Huckabee and Romney are struggling to court undecided voters - as much as 12 percent of the expected turnout. Wayne Davies, 68, a born-again Christian who runs a Des Moines ministry, said he settled on Huckabee yesterday over Romney.

“He seemed more set on things than Mitt, who goes back and forth,” Davies said.

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