Kerry Leads Bush in Two Polls, Takes Lead From Dean in Delegates

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 3, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kerry Leads Bush in Two Polls, Takes Lead From Dean in Delegates

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 3, 2004

Washington, DC ( — Pro-abortion Massachusetts senator John Kerry has taken a lead in head-to-head matchups against pro-life President George W. Bush and now holds a lead in terms of the number of delegates pledged to support his nomination at the Democratic national convention.

A CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll released on Monday shows Kerry leading Bush 54-46 percent among adults. A Newsweek poll shows Bush behind 48 to 46 percent. A third poll, by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, has Kerry ahead 51-43.

The polls were taken over the weekend. Only the Quinnipiac poll surveyed registered voters. Polls of registered voters typically show stronger results for Bush and polls of likely voters show the strongest results the president.

Meanwhile, Kerry has jumped into the lead in the delegate counts, taking away Dean’s claim that he had a lead in delegates even though he lost both Iowa and New Hampshire to Kerry.

Kerry pushed ahead of Dean thanks to endorsements from "superdelegates," elected officials and other Democratic insiders who have votes in addition to delegates from the states apportioned to winners of primaries and caucuses.

According to an Associated Press survey, Kerry had 115 delegates, including endorsements or pledges of support from 82 superdelegates, and 33 pledged delegates allocated to him from his wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. Howard Dean has 114 delegates, including the backing of 98 superdelegates and 16 pledged delegates from Iowa and New Hampshire.

Kerry could increase his lead after Tuesday’s round of primaries. He leads in most of the seven states holding votes and he could grab the lion’s share of the 269 pledged delegates up for grabs.

John Edwards is third in the delegate race with 41 delegates – 23 superdelegates and 18 pledged delegates from his second-place finish in Iowa.

One superdelegate, pro-life Democratic Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia, has endorsed Bush.

On Monday, Bush received the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee and has received support from a number of pro-life leaders.

"President Bush has shown himself to be a great pro-life president," stated Carol Tobias, political director of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). "He has backed with actions his statement that unborn children should be ‘welcomed in life and protected in law.’"

All of the Democratic candidates for president favor abortion.