Romney, above, and Edwards hold the lead in a new poll out of Iowa.
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.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch