Poll: Clinton Only Holds 2-Point Lead Over Sanders In Iowa

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January 14, 2016 6:48 a.m.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton only held a 2-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll of the Iowa Democratic presidential contest released Thursday morning.

Clinton earned the support of 42 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers while Sanders followed closely at 40 percent.

In the mid-December iteration of the poll, Clinton led Sanders by 9 points, 48 to 39. In October, she led him by 5 points.

While the gap between the two prominent Democratic candidates is closing, likely caucusgoers who previously chose Clinton aren’t necessarily going to Sanders. Instead, the Des Moines Register reported, there’s been an increase in “uncommitted” caucusgoers. Fourteen percent of respondents have no first choice, a 6-point jump since December.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley remained at 4 percent.

The poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines from Jan. 7-10 by phone among 503 likely Democratic caucusgoers. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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