by Steven Ertelt
January 1, 2008
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — Three pro-abortion Democratic candidates are running neck and neck in several new Iowa surveys released days in advance of the caucus there. Averaging the polls together, Hillary Clinton enjoys a minuscule lead — but at least one survey in the newest batch shows either Barack Obama or John Edwards leading.
Eight different polls surveyed Democratic voters in the last few days in December and four show Clinton leading, two have Obama ahead, one has Edwards leading and a final poll has Edwards and Obama tied.
Overall, Clinton has a 28.6 percent average in the Iowa polls according to Real Clear Politics while Obama is at 27 percent and Edwards in third with 25.6 percent.
Abortion advocates Bill Richardson and Joe Biden are mostly out of contention at six and five percent apiece.
Clinton enjoys leads in polls from CNN, Insider Advantage, ARG, and Reuters/Zogby, Obama is leading in a Des Moines Register and a Strategic Vision poll, Mason Dixon has Edwards ahead and the Quad City Times has the race tied.
There is more of a disparity in the most recent New Hampshire polls as Clinton has about the support of 31 percent of Democrats there, Obama about 28 percent and Edwards about 17 percent.
As has been the case in Iowa, Clinton has been trending lower in New Hampshire as the poll average there is down from her high of nearly 40 percent during the middle of November.
At the same time, Obama has risen from a low of about 17 percent in the fall months to his current level in the high 20s.
Edwards’ numbers in New Hampshire have stayed about the same, though he’s experienced a small recent rise as Clinton’s polling numbers have fallen.
As in Iowa, none of the second-tier Democratic candidates appear to have much of a shot at competing with the top three. Bill Richardson averages about 6 percent in New Hampshire polls and Joe Biden has approximately three percent support.
Chris Dodd and Dennis Kucinich, two other pro-abortion candidates, don’t appear to have a serious chance of capturing the Democratic nomination.