October 30th, 2007
03:37 PM ET
7 years ago

Polls: Clinton, Romney in lead, Huckabee makes gains

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll shows Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts in the lead in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The poll by the American Research Group shows former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Arkansas, moving up to second place behind Romney in Iowa and making some ground in South Carolina and New Hampshire.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Clinton maintains her front runner status in all three states.


                 Iowa        NH           SC
Romney            27%        30%          29%
Giuliani          16%        23%          23%
McCain            14%        17%          13%
Huckabee          19%         7%           5%
Thompson           8%         5%          10%


                 Iowa        NH          SC
Clinton           32%        40%         41%
Obama             22%        22%         19%
Edwards           15%        10%         18%
Richardson         7%         5%          1%
Biden              5%         4%          6%
Sample Size: 600 likely voters
Sample Dates: Oct. 26-29, 2007
Margin of error: +/-4%

- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Iowa • New Hampshire • Polls • South Carolina
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. LinnieFB, Corona, CA

    Is this suppose to boost Clinton before the debate? Won't work...most 'polls' show closer race in Iowa, with Obama ahead.

    October 30, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Bob, NY, NY

    Edwards at 15 in Iowa and 18 in South Carolina?? Time for him to make a decision if by staying in the race he is handing the nomination to Clinton.

    October 30, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. San Diego

    The post above is nonsence... Yes, they only polled 600 people, yes this is a random sample... What do you want them to do, go out and poll all American's? Won't that come at the time of voting? This is just to give you an idea of where the candidates stand. Make what you want from it, but 600 people seems like a good number to form a conclusion (be it positive or negative).

    October 30, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. bymyside, Long Beach, CA

    You polled only 600 people?
    Big Deal!

    What a joke. That is not representative!

    October 30, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. pat huntington ny

    Looks to me we may have a Romney v Hillary contest....
    Which means....
    Good news for Hillary....
    Romney will never get elected!

    The poll also shows that the south is not ready to vote for a black president, as evident by Obama's huge trail in the poll in SC.

    October 30, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    What's up with all the Barack supports who saying he and Hillary are tied? She is stomping him in every poll.

    We all ready have liers, in the White House. We don't need another.

    Go Hillary!

    October 30, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Mark, Shreveport, LA

    If Ron Paul can't do well in NH, he can't do well anywhere.

    October 30, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Absolutely awesome! Go Romney!

    October 30, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Ron Paul for President.

    I wish at least one of these people would actually be able to make a difference.

    October 30, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Ron, TX

    A poll less than two or three days ago had Clinton 2% up. This just goes to show how silly all this poll business is. The fact of the matter is that all three top dems are in a three-way race in Iowa.

    The poll also doesn't make since. 600 voters in 3 states but only a 4% margin of error? That's incorrect. 200 voters per state results in a much higher margin of error.

    October 30, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Travis

    Good job Huckabee. Romney is up in South Carolina? That is HUGH NEWS!!!! I would love a Romney/Huckabee ticket. Two men who understand and live by good family values. Plus they would trounce the dems on Health care. Just think about it: Romney/Huckabee vs Lawyer 1/Lawyer 2.

    October 30, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Jon Stewart, New York

    How does Colbert's campaign fit into the polls?

    October 30, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    What Poll is this? Who took the Poll? Not to mention a Poll out yesterday stated

    Clinton 28% Obama 26%.

    With your poll 4% margin for error makes it bout right at

    28% Clinton 26% Obama.

    You can always tell when the Clinton side is nervous and desperate. You start to see ridiculous nonsense such as this.

    October 30, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Tom, New York, NY

    Okay, Obama supporters... let's have more of your "HOPE".... by telling us how these polls are meaningless or wrong....or that the pollster does not know what they are doing.. or whatever else.....keep telling us that....just like Bush, if you keep saying something, you HOPE that it will come true????? wow

    October 30, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Patrick, Cape May NJ

    Good to see the smaller tier guys picking up some steam on both sides. Go Biden!

    October 30, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    A little recognition to the CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai. Good Job! On the GOP side, I have been watching Huckabee for the last couple of weeks and he's knocking on the top tier. Romney, who is getting some support from the evangelical leaders in the south (for an example – Bob Jones III), is gaining strength as well. Thompson overall, has been a big disappointment for the conservatives, therefore, shifting their support to Romney or Huckabee. On the Democratic side, it looks like Clinton is going to take it...so either Obama or Edwards better start blasting away at her now, or it's going to be to late.


    October 30, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. john, MA

    Further proof that Romney and Giuliani are engaged in an elegant chess match for this nomination.

    October 30, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Uriew, CA

    BS. Another way of the Clintonistas to try to bring Obama down just a day after a poll showed a dead heat race in Iowa. Give us a break with this poll BS.

    October 30, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Fred, Reston VA

    Here come the Obamaniacs. Two days ago, when he was within the margin or error, they said clinton was scared, getting nervous etc. Obama has momentum yada yada. Today they cry foul on the "main stream media"?

    The fact is that even if Hillary were to lose in Iowa, she is not going to scream like howard dean and lose new hampshire. she will win there and the majority of the super tuesday states.

    Please don't waste support on Obama. Writing 2 self aggrandizing books, and skipping votes in the senate, does not qualify you to be president. The last time dems started acting so foolishly was when 97,000 idiots voted for Nader in Florida 2000. Elections have consequences folks, and all of the "change" and "vote for something rather than against" crap will get you another 8 years of repubs. So grow up.

    Hillary 08

    October 30, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Maria, Houston

    Yesterday the reported difference between Clinton and Obama was 2% and today it is 10%? Ha. And you still expect us to take these polls seriously?

    October 30, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. David Fisher

    And where is Stephen Colbert's % for South Carolina? He's running for both parties!

    October 30, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Curious George, Dallas, TX

    Why do these polls add up to closer to 80 percent than 100 percent?

    What candidates are getting the remaining 20 percent?

    October 30, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Lars, DC

    Go Romney 2008!

    October 30, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    I really admire this lady. she is very intelligent.

    October 30, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Uriew, CA

    Fred from Reston VA,
    I am sure you would rather vote against something as Hillary tells you to, the polarizing figure she is. nice to know that Hillary wont scream when she loses both Iowa and NH, she will take it well, that is nice to know. You are the one wasting your vote on Hillary thinking that you are voting for Bill. Can you tell me any experience she has other than a senator and a host at white house parties, she could be a great event planner. we realize elections have consequences and that is why it is too risky to place your vote on a flip-flopping, egotistic individual like Hillary

    October 30, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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