Clinton Drops to 3rd in Last Poll

Obama leads Edwards by 4% hours before Iowa caucus
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2008 6:59 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful,Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, smile during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A new poll conducted hours before the Iowa caucus gives a surging Barack Obama a 4-point lead over John Edwards, with Hillary Clinton slipping to third place. The Reuters/Zogby poll puts Obama at 31% support among likely Democratic caucus-goers, with Edwards polling 27% and Clinton 24%. Among Republicans, Mike Huckabee held a six-point lead over nearest rival Mitt Romney.

"There is a clear Clinton fade," said pollster John Zogby. The New York senator lost ground to Obama among Democrats (as opposed to independents, who may attend either party's caucus) and liberals, although 5% of Democratic caucus-goers remain undecided. Zogby insists the race is still too close to call, however, as Edwards polled only slightly below the margin of error.