Hillary, Huckabee Lead in Iowa Caucus Poll

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Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 10:18 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are the top choices among Iowa Caucus-goers for their parties' 2016 presidential nominations, a new poll has found.

According to a poll by Suffolk University conducted April 3-8 of 800 likely voters, Clinton is by far the first choice among Democrats, with 63 percent support. Vice President Joe Biden comes in a distant third with 10 percent, behind Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren who has 12 percent support.

Among Republicans, Huckabee has 11 percent support in the survey which also tested 11 other potential candidates. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush come in a close second with 10 percent support, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson each got 9 percent.

"With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers," according to a statement. "And while some Republicans have begun visiting the Hawkeye State, the survey shows no favorites among prospective GOP presidential candidates."

The margin of error was 8.7 percent for the 127 GOP caucus-goers surveyed and 8.4 percent for 135 Democratic caucus-goers, according to the statement.

A poll released last week also showed Huckabee narrowly in the lead among a wide field of GOP candidates. Huckabee ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008 and came in first place in Iowa with 34 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney came in second place with 25 percent.

In 2008, Clinton finished third in Iowa, losing to President Barack Obama and trailing former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, according to Politico.

Her supporters have already been working in the state to build support for her presumed candidacy, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer who in November told Democratic Iowa activists that it's "Hillary's time," Politico reported.

Biden has also spent a lot of time in the state recently. In 2008, he ended his presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa causes.

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