JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Mitt Romney's New Year's resolution seems to be: I won't exaggerate the likelihood of winning in Iowa or even of becoming president.
The Republican acknowledged Tuesday that he might have to be satisfied with second place in a state where he has spent enormous amounts of money, effort and time.
Speaking after a brief speech at a supporter's house in suburban Des Moines, Romney said new polls show him neck-and-neck with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in Thursday's Iowa caucus.
Romney -- who grew up in Bloomfield Hills and is the son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney -- said he is in Iowa to win, but conceded he might not.
"I'm not losing sleep, frankly," the former Massachusetts governor said. "This is the experience of a lifetime."