Clinton holds a razor-thin lead in Iowa, according to a new poll.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - She may be dominating the national polls, but when it comes to Iowa, a new poll shows Hillary Clinton in a close fight with her Democratic presidential rivals. A new survey of Hawkeye State Democrats puts the New York senator just two points ahead of rival Barack Obama.
Clinton is at 29 percent in a University of Iowa Hawkeye poll, out Monday, with Sen. Obama, D-Illinois, at 27 percent. The poll's 5.5 percentage point margin of error means Clinton and Obama are in a statistical dead heat.
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is in third place with 20 percent. The remaining Democratic presidential candidates are in single digits.
Among Iowa Republicans, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the overwhelming front-runner, at 36 percent. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who’s the GOP front-runner in most national polls, is in second place in the new Iowa survey, at 13 percent. He’s in a virtual tie with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, is in fourth place at 11 percent, with Arizona Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, at six percent. The Republican survey carries a margin of error of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points.
The University of Iowa Hawkeye poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 17-24. 285 likely Republican caucus-goers and 306 likely Democratic caucus-goers were questioned.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser