Romney Rules Iowa Poll; Clinton and Obama Tied

Edwards falls off; Huckabee climbs
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2007 3:03 PM CDT
Republican Presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevin Sanders)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney continues to build a massive lead in Iowa, where his only vulnerability seems to comes from the Christian conservative dash to Mike Huckabee; Romney is up 8.4% since August to a total of 36.2% in a University of Iowa poll out today, while Huckabee has spiked 11% to 12.8%, the Des Moines Register reports.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has 28.9% of the Dem vote, a statistical dead heat with Barack Obama at 26.6%; John Edwards has slid to 20% from 26% in August. Gender is a major player in the latest numbers. Romney is the only Republican in the field to boast more support among women than men, and Clinton, though the first choice among women, is the third choice among men.