Presidential hopeful John Edwards ranked first in a poll of voters from Iowa, home of January's pivotal caucus and the first step to the Democratic ballot. Edwards landed 29 percent of the vote in the Des Moines Register poll, compared to erstwhile frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who took 23 and 21 percent, respectively.
The serial candidate has been campaigning tirelessly in the Hawkeye State, where his second place finish in the 2004 caucus helped him seal a VP candidate spot. Edward's particular appeal to the labor vote won him 36 percent of households with a union member likely to caucus. "He made a very good impression," one respondent said.