Hillary Widens Lead Over Barack
Either one would beat Rudy, based on new poll
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2007 7:31 PM CDT
Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., delivers remarks at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund annual public affairs conference in Washington Tuesday, July 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton continues to stretch out her lead in the race for the Democratic nomination; she now beats Obama 43% to 22%, according to a new WSJ/NBC News poll taken after the last contentious candidate debate. A month ago she had a 14-point lead. Clinton has steadily increased her standing by performances which signaled experience and competence, the Wall Street Journal concludes.

The poll also shows both Clinton and Obama beating Giuliani in a head-to-head fight: she 47% to 41%, and he 45% to 40%. Add Michael Bloomberg to make it a three-way race with Clinton and Giuliani, and Clinton's lead widens, showing the New York mayor siphoning more votes from the Republican than from the Democrat.