The latest on the presidential horse race.

As Voting Approaches, Trump and Sanders Lead

You can cut the tension with a butter knife. The Iowa race for both parties is an intense one, but in the latest round of polls by Quinnipiac, both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump led the party.

Which Republican candidate would you vote for?

  • Donald Trump – 31%
  • Ted Cruz – 24%
  • Marco Rubio – 17%
  • Ben Carson – 8 %

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Bernie Sanders – 49%
  • Hillary Clinton – 46%

Trump continues to lead in Iowa and not much has changed on the Republican front. Ted Cruz still trails Trump, but the race is extremely close and could swing either way.

Cruz committed a political blunder over the weekend when he issued voter report cards, criticizing local Iowan voters for their voting records. Many questioned the legality of such a move and it appears that Cruz may have violated Iowan election laws.

For the Democrats, Sanders has retaken the lead from Hillary Clinton. Voting occurs today, but no one can accurately predict who will win Iowa based on the current trends. Both candidates are popular, both have flaws, and both are polling very well in the state.

In terms of flaws, Clinton is dealing with the tricky email scandal, while Sanders has been forced to deflect criticisms about his tax and health plans. Either way, both candidates are poised to do well in Iowa and whoever takes the state will push into the other primary states with a lot of momentum.

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