Obama & Huckabee Lead in Iowa

GOP and Democratic races are closest in years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2007 4:30 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaks at a campaign stop in Bedford, N.H. Saturday, Dec.1, 2007.Polls show Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have narrow leads in Iowa...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democrat Barack Obama and GOP contender Mike Huckabee are narrowly leading in Iowa ahead of next month's primary, according to a new Des Moines Register poll. Both Republican and Democratic races remain wide open, with no candidate's hold unassailable, AP reports. A win in Iowa could have a powerful impact in the New Hampshire Primary five days later and the entire primary season.

Huckabee leads 29% to Mitt Romney's 24% and Rudy Giuliani's 13%. Obama is ahead 28% to Hillary Clinton's 25%, and John Edward's 23%. But the margin of error is 4.4%, making the top contests a dead heat. An Associated Press-Pew poll shows similar results. "We haven't had wide-open races on both sides for a long time" said a political scientist.