Hillary Clinton has retaken the lead among likely Democratic voters in Iowa, a key early voting state in the nomination race ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a Quinnipiac University opinion poll released on Friday found.
The survey of 592 likely Democratic participants in the Iowa caucus showed 51 percent backed the former U.S. secretary of state compared with 40 percent who supported her rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Last month, a Quinnipiac poll found the two liberals neck-and-neck, with Sanders at 41 percent and Clinton at 40 percent. Her lead this month is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
On Thursday, a similar Quinnipiac poll of Republican presidential contenders showed retired physician Ben Carson outpacing businessman and TV personality Donald Trump in the Midwestern state.
While the poll offers a glimpse into just one of 50 U.S. states, Iowa’s February caucus can help set the stage early in the campaign for the parties’ eventual nominees for the November 2016 election. However, a win there does not cement the nomination as past winners have later stumbled and lost their party’s support.
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