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Monday, August 04, 2003


Dean leads in Iowa

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, August 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Des Moines Register has their first poll out - can't detect any trends yet from a single data point, but teh initial numbers are encouraging indeed:

Dean: 23
Gephardt: 21
Undecided: ~20
Kerry: 14
Lieberman: 10
Edwards: 5
Kucinich: 4

Kos has some interesting analysis of how Kerry might team up with Gephardt to try and prevent a Dean victory in Iowa. But ultimately I don't think it will matter, because only Dean is actively building his network of support. Gephardt meanwhile is having trouble rallying his support.

The slight advantage above will grow...


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