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Clinton, Obama in Virtual Tie Among Democrats

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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