Election 2008

Poll Puts Romney, Clinton Ahead in Iowa

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A University of Iowa poll released Monday shows Mitt Romney way ahead of the pack of Republican presidential candidates in the Iowa caucuses. But Hillary Clinton is leading fellow Democrats by just 2 percent.

As for the candidates trailing in the polls, Ron Elving says their staffs are reassuring their candidates that there is still a chance and they can get their messages across. They are also telling their candidates that there are reasons to run for president other than winning the presidency.

Despite maintaining her lead over the Democratic field, Clinton continues to have electability issues. Republicans' eagerness to take on Clinton in the general election is causing some Democrats to wonder whether she should be the party's nominee.

Romney's lead in Iowa is a reflection of the focus his campaign has had on winning the state. The former Massachusetts governor hopes a win in Iowa and/or New Hampshire will propel him ahead of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the national polls.

Elving talks to Alex Chadwick about the latest poll numbers.



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