States Swing For
Clinton in Poll
A new poll out today gives New York Senator Hillary Clinton a decisive lead in Florida, the first big delegate prize in the race for the Democratic nomination.
While last week's Washington Post-ABC News poll of likely Democratic voters in Iowa showed the battle for the nation's first caucus as a three-way tie, the new Quinnipiac University survey gives Clinton a wide 30-point advantage over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in the Sunshine State.
Clinton is supported by 43 percent of registered Democrats in Florida, far outpacing Obama at 13 percent and former vice presidential candidate John Edwards at 8 percent. Former vice president Al Gore, who has said he has no intention of again seeking the presidency registered at 11 percent in the poll, which has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points.
The New York senator's big lead in Florida's primary, set for Jan. 29, 2008, is matched in a simultaneous poll of registered Democrats in Ohio. In that state, she has a 25-point lead over Obama. Ohio, while already labeled as a swing state (again) for the general election, is not scheduled to hold its presidential primary until early March, potentially after the nomination has been wrapped up.
In Pennsylvania, the third state Quinnipiac surveyed by telephone from July 30 to August 6, Clinton has a 16-point edge over Obama. Pennsylvania's primary is slotted for April 22nd, but state officials are considering moving it up to catch some of the early year frenzy.
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