A new poll indicates Edwards and Clinton are tied in Iowa.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic presidential hopeful John Edward's one-time lead in Iowa has all but disappeared, according to a new poll out of the crucial early-voting state.
In a University of Iowa poll released Thursday, the former North Carolina senator now leads White House rival Hillary Clinton by a mere 1 percentage point, 26 percent to 25 percent, among likely Democratic caucus-goers. The slim difference is well within the poll’s 5 percentage point margin of error. Meanwhile, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is close behind at 19 percent.
Both Edwards and Clinton have seen their support in the Hawkeye State drop since March, according to University of Iowa polling. Edwards is down 8 percent from a similar poll taken in March, and Clinton is down 4 percent. Obama has remained essentially in the same position.
The big mover is New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, whose support has increased significantly in the same period, from less than 1 percent five months ago to 9 percent now. No other candidate in the poll received more than 2 percent.
When the sample is expanded beyond likely caucus-goers to all Democrats in Iowa, Clinton leads with 27 percent, followed by Obama and Edwards at 22 percent. Richardson pulls 9 percent.
The larger sample included 425 Democrats, while the likely caucus-goers sample included 319 Democrats.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney