Hillary Clinton is still in first place among Democratic presidential hopefuls nationwide, despite a substantial 12% leap in support for Barack Obama since early December, finds the latest Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll. Clinton leads Obama 42% to 33%, with John Edwards trailing at 11%. Asked to pick between Clinton and Obama, a slender majority of Edwards voters went for Clinton. The GOP figures were less clear-cut.
"Republican voters are still trying to figure out who their candidate is, and most of them aren't satisfied with their choices," commented the poll's director. Among those surveyed, 22% of GOP voters favored John McCain, 18% Mike Huckabee and 17% Mitt Romney. Rudy Giuliani was in fourth place, his support sagging from 32% to 12% since October. McCain was the only GOP candidate who would even come close to defeating Clinton or Obama if the general election were held today, the poll found.