Trump and Clinton Lead Iowa at the 11th Hour
The Iowa caucuses take place on Monday and the latest polls by the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg have placed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the top of their respective parties heading into this tight race.
Which Republican candidate would you vote for?
- Donald Trump – 28%
- Ted Cruz – 23%
- Marco Rubio – 15%
- Ben Carson – 10%
Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?
- Hillary Clinton – 45%
- Bernie Sanders – 42%
Trump remains the leader of the Republican Party heading into Iowa. Many experts questioned his decision to boycott the final debate, but in reality, he gained a lot from doing so. By missing the final debate, he ensured that his opponents would fight amongst each other, mention him occasionally, and it saved him from making a fool of himself with his lackluster answers on tough policy questions.
Ted Cruz performed well enough during the debate, but he has made himself look petty in the last few weeks as he has went on an all-out offensive against Trump, attacking him for his “New York values.” Most of the establishment GOP have backed Trump, even if they think he is a bad candidate, because they detest Cruz and do not want to see him become the Republican nominee.
Clinton still holds a lead over Bernie Sanders in the polls, but it is an extremely slight one and no one has any idea which candidate will win Iowa. Clinton is running on name recognition, but the latest news surrounding her email scandal could hurt her chances as it is clear that she broke the law.
Sanders is poised to take Iowa if he can capitalize on the grassroots movement he has created and if he can encourage his supporters to come out and vote. There is no doubt that Sanders has struck a chord with frustrated Americans and he has captivated the hearts and minds of America’s youth.
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