Romney, above, and Edwards hold the lead in a new poll out of Iowa.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and Republican candidate Mitt Romney both increased their leads in a new Iowa poll released Thursday evening.
Among Democratic contenders, former Sen. John Edwards now holds a 5-point lead, climbing up to 27 percent. Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Barack Obama, D-Illinois, both fell 6 points. They now sit at 22 and 16 percent, respectively.
Edwards wasn't the only Democrat gaining, however. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gained 4 points and now sits at 11 percent.
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, bumped his numbers a bit to 3 percent. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Sen. Chris Dodd are both holding steady at 2 percent. Another non-mover was Sen. Mike Gravel, who is staying put at 1 percent.
Sixteen percent of the Democratic respondents were undecided this time around, compared to 10 percent two months ago.
On the Republican side, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney bumped his numbers up to 25 percent, and unofficial GOP candidate Fred Thompson rose to 14. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani slips a bit, falling to 13, and Sen. John McCain, who had been the leader of the pack in May, is now seeing 10 percent.
Another unofficial candidate, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, holds steady at 6 percent. Former governors Mike Huckabee and Tommy Thompson both sit with 2 percent, as do Rep. Tom Tancredo and Sen. Sam Brownback. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul both sit still at 1.
Twenty-two percent of Republican respondents were undecided, which is exactly the same number that said they were undecided in May.
The poll, conducted by KCCI-TV out of Des Moines, surveyed 600 likely voters who vote regularly in state elections. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
KCCI: Candidate standings shuffle
– CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
Iowans are very smart. I think Edwards and Romney have a good chance of winning their parties nomination. I say that because they have an advantage most of the other top-tier candiates do not have(except Rudy). They are not employed they don't have to worry about going back to Capitol Hill or their Governor's mansions. Since they are unemployed they can spend more time campaigning for President.
Cookie cutter candidates like romney and edwards are leading in the polls. The only one that acually has our best interest in mind is Ron Paul. He has always stood his ground on issues, never voted to raise your taxes, didn't vote to authorize the Iraq war, never voted in favor of any bill that has gone before congress unless the power to approve that bill was given to him by our constitution. How many of the other politicians running for president can make any of those statements and not be lying throudh their teeth. Ron Paul is the only choice for president that does not rob the next generation of it's civil liberties.
Please remember this poll: Ron Paul at 1%. He will do much better at the actual Iowa Straw Poll (I predict a victory) and his breakout there will reveal the accuracy of these random/ main stream polls. See you in Ames!
Ironic, NEITHER one of them has a snowball's chance in hell to get their party's nomination.
What ARE they thinking in Iowa these days???
John Edwards is the best person for the job of President. He is the one that will bring americans together and gain back the respect of other countries again. I am already tired of the media giving all of the attention to Obama and Clinton all because they are a good news story. Obama could be the first african american and Hillary the first women. Don't get me wrong I like them both, but as for president in the times we live we need some one that is going to lift america back up, Edwards is that person.
Oh boy, the Ron Paul crowd is out again, doing their best to try to make the Isolationist, Libertarian fringe look viable. Sure the man says some things that make sense - but so can anyone. Maybe some of his positions are appealing - if you don't consider the inevitable disaster that would result from scrapping the past 200 years of being a functining part of the entire rest of the globe if his most vocal supporters ever got their wish. But my biggest concern is just that, his "supporters". Why is it (regardless of Ron Paul's own attempts to distance himself from the concept, but never enough to turn away such people) that every conspiracy nut who believes that the U.S. government commits Constitutional treason virtually 24/7, who actually believes that 9-11 was a sinister plot by the government just to deprive Americans of their liberties, who actively work to undermine elected officeholders and sanctioned institutions - why is it that virtualy every paranoid, delusional, wacked-out freak of nature who feeds on and spreads such filth ALSO seems to support Ron Paul?
I can here the campaign theme of "flip flopper" haunting the Republicans if Romney is their nominee. Not that there is any difference between the two parties anymore.
As a dem supporter, I hope that Romney is the repub nominee. With all of his "flip-flopping", the dem nominee can just break out Rove's playbook on John Kerry 2004.
It looks like people working for the Ron Paul campaign have posted tons of comments on this poll. The guy has no chance, yet a LARGE chunk of these comments are about him.
Joe Biden is the best man for the job. He has won every debate that has been held and he is by far the most experienced. Oh, and he's HONEST. Imagine that.
Alot of interesting comments on Ron Paul and our next President Mitt Romney!Let,s see,Ron Paul,who believes that 911 was an inside job(boring),or.Mitt Romney,a great governor who left Mass.with a major surplus at the end of his term,turned the 2002 Salt Lake City games around after a major scandal,and who is the only major candidate with a one time wife!Ann will make a great first lady!Mitt 08!
Ron Paul is a strict conservative and actually votes according to the constitution. And people call this radical! Why should the government be in every aspect of our lives. Really try to think of any that the government does not regulate. Its not that things should not be regulated, it is that it is not the job of the government to do these things. Also he advocates nonintervention. And if you don't know the difference between nonintervention and isolationism you should not be voting you idiot. And you probably think we are hated for our freedoms too right? Wake up! Why don't you read something before you make yourself look like a fool.
Also Charles, the reason every 'nut' you speak of supports Ron is because he supports individual freedom and liberty where these 'nuts' can say and do whatever they want to, and where you can disagree and call them 'nuts'. If you would take time to actually frame and argument based on facts you would be aware that Ron is not advocating "scrapping the past 200 years of being a functioning part of the globe" You could not be more wrong my friend. So why do not you give other views a chance or actually find them out before you post such garbage. Do you even understand the concept of logic whatsoever?
Charles, Ron is not an isolationalist. He advocates nonintervention. This would improve our world status. The difference is crucial. Also the reason every 'nut' you can think of supports Ron is because he strongly supports personal freedom. These people are obviously very attracted to this for the obvious reason. They would like to be free to express themselves just as you would like to be free to express how you think they are 'nuts.' It is the belief of personal liberty and responsibility, and less government in our lives that unites ALL kinds of people behind Ron Paul. It would be kind of you to stop perpetuating this bogus notion.
Ron Paul 2008 Lets Trade, Not Invade!
The major media outlets are dispicable liars and perhaps more. I'm going to assume that this post is going to be read before censoring but I'll take my chances and reiterate that I find CNN dispicable. Ron Paul IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WITHOUT A BIG BUSINESS AGENDA. PEOPLE BIG BUSINESS IS ABOUT MURDER THEFT AND RUINING THIS COUNTRY.
We have to stand up and take this country back. RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008.
This is a rigged poll. All false. Ron Paul is leading! They dont want you to know!
Romney has bought a lot of people into the Iowa straw poll fundraiser. Shame on him. Romney, you can't and you won't buy your votes!
If you read what Ron Paul says and listen to him speak, you will know he just makes sense. The most intelligent thing you can do for yourself and your country is to check it out. I live overseas away from the mainstream media. I simply came to the internet with a clear mind, read about the candidates and was blown away by Ron Paul. He is awesome. Check him out and think about what he says and how it could positively affect this nation. "Every generation needs a new revolution."~~ Thomas Jefferson