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Clinton, Obama in Virtual Tie Among Democrats

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D) formally announced his plans to run for President and instantly finds himself near the top of the heap. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 401 Likely Democratic Primary Voters finds that 22% favor New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D) while 21% prefer Obama. Obama has consistently been in second place in several Rasmussen Reports polls, but this is the first time he has been in a virtual tie with the former First Lady. Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards (D) remains in third place attracting 15% of the vote. Edwards announced his candidacy shortly before the New Year began. Former Vice President Al Gore (D) attracts 7% of the vote. The Democrats’ 2004 nominee, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, attracts 4% of the vote as does Delaware Senator Joe Biden (D). No other Democrat tops 2% at this time.

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