A new poll shows a narrow lead for Obama in New Hampshire (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama remains neck-and-neck with rival Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a just-released L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll - the third survey in a row to show the Illinois senator tied or narrowly leading in a state the Clinton campaign hoped would serve as a firewall.
Obama leads Clinton 32 percent to 30 percent among likely Democratic voters in the new poll – a major shift from L.A. Times/Bloomberg's last survey in September when Clinton held a 19 point lead over Obama. John Edwards meanwhile is at 20 percent with the rest of the candidates in low single digits.
The poll follows the release of a Boston Globe poll late last week that also showed a 2-point lead for Obama in the Granite State, and a USA Today/ Gallup poll that found the two candidates tied.
On the Republican side, the poll shows Mitt Romney leading McCain in New Hampshire among likely Republican voters, 34 percent to 20 percent. Rudy Giuliani is close behind with 17 percent, and Mike Huckabee is at 12 percent.
The L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll of the Iowa race shows a slight Clinton lead a week before the state's caucuses. Among likely Democratic caucus goers, Clinton is at 31 percent, Edwards is at 25 percent, and Obama is at 22 percent. The rest of the candidates are in single digits.
In Iowa, Huckabee continues to lead Romney among likely Republican caucus goers, 36 percent to 28 percent. Fred Thompson stands at 10 percent - the only other candidate in double digits.
The survey was conducted December 20-26 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4-6 percentage points.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney