October 29th, 2007
09:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton, Romney on top in Iowa

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

Filed under: Iowa • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. a.thomas, ny, ny

    A more recent poll than the Iowa U poll, by ARG, shows that Hillary is 10 points ahead of Obama, 32 vs 22. Hillary has surged and that is a very strong lead. Ditto for her surges in other states.

    As I said earlier, the Iowa U poll had the smallest sample size of all other recent Iowa polls and thus its reliablity was questionable.

    October 30, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Bea, Hoboken, NJ : October 29, 2007 5:03 pm

    You know what "Aunt Bea", you post about small appendages of conservatives and CNN allows it.

    Since you talk about it a lot I must ask a simple question, when was the last time you saw one?

    Guess what, I am a Conservative thinking man that respects Geraldine Ferraro, Liz Dole, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney among other "strong women" and they get the respect cause they earned it.

    Unlike you, I hammer both sides and praise both sides when deserved and earned, you are not a Democrat, you are a Clintonista.

    That is fine, all legal citizens that are registered can vote and I proudly volunteered and served this country to allow you that right.

    Vote for Clinton if you wish, but realize that your narrow minded views on not only Republicans, but the rest of the Democratic field is what is wrong with this country.

    I may lean one way, but I would be fine with ANYONE else but Clinton and Edwards winning as the rest of the field can do a better job than Bush and these two frauds.

    October 30, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Tom B. White, Flagstaff AZ

    I admire John Edwards. However, the time has come for Edwards' supporters in Iowa to be realistic; and, in doing so, to support and vote for Barack Obama. Many Dems, including me, have concluded that Hillary Clinton is very likely to lead us to defeat in 2008. Can you say President Giuliani without throwing up?

    November 12, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. robert baty

    After the murderer and thief Bush any candidate for president would be great in comparison. The whole group reminds me of a 'B" movie. Under Bush my insurance and energy costs went up 450 percent. Bush was the only president to allow a major attack on this country. As a highly decorated veteran I would prefer anyone but the bunch of clowns the major partys have put out. Can we start over with a fresh bunch that has not sold there soul to the devil.

    January 6, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. robert baty

    Republicans are big spending liars who have destroyed this country and the dems can not wait for thier turn. It kind of turns your stomach

    January 6, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
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