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Jeb Bush Rising, Takes Lead in Iowa: New Poll

Vox Populi, 6/4-6/5

  • Bush: 18
  • Huckabee: 15
  • Ryan: 13
  • Paul: 12
  • Rubio: 11
  • Santorum: 10
  • Cruz: 9
  • Christie: 6
  • Walker: 6

Although we have seen Mike Huckabee ahead of the Republican pack in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Republican caucus all year, a new Vox Populi poll has found that as other candidates have made some significant headway, Jeb Bush has taken the lead in the Hawkeye State.

The poll, conducted between June 4 and 5, sampling 222 registered Republican voters, found that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush now leads the Iowa Republican caucus race with 18 percent.

To be fair, Jeb Bush didn’t “improve” his position, he received the same 18 percent in the last poll conducted in late April. Instead, Huckabee’s previously-leading 20 percent has been picked away at by other candidates.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee still finished second, but with 15 percent, a sizable drop from 20 percent just over a month ago. Almost every poll we have seen this year has Huckabee leading the Iowa caucus race.

Huckabee is not the only candidate hurt by the gains made by others. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has fallen into third place with 13 percent of the vote after seeing 19 percent in the last poll.

One of the candidates taking advantage of this is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who has now jumped into fourth place with 12 percent of the vote after receiving just 8 percent in the last poll.

Another such candidate is the potentially resurging Florida Senator Marco Rubio who received 11 percent, a slight but significant increase from 9 percent in the April poll.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who was not even included in the last poll, stole plenty of votes as well, finishing with 10 percent.

The other candidates pretty much stayed put.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz received 9 percent, the same as the last poll. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fell from 7 percent in April to 6 percent in this new poll. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also stayed put at 6 percent.

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