In the Democratic field—where it’s basically Clinton vs Sanders—the close race was illustrated by the latest poll, from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg.
That Iowa caucus poll, published on Saturday, had Clinton with 45 percent of the support and Sanders with 42 percent.
But two polls published on Friday showed Clinton with larger leads—PPP had Clinton with 48 percent of the vote and Sanders with 40 percent; and Gravis had Clinton with 53 percent of the vote and Sanders with 42 percent.
The field is much larger on the Republican side, with Cruz and Marco Rubio showing renewed strength in recent weeks.
A DM Register/Bloomberg poll from Jan. 30 showed Trump on top with 28 percent of the vote, with Cruz close behind with 23 percent and Rubio in third with 15 percent.
A Gravis poll from Jan. 29 also had Trump on top, with 31 percent, but Cruz right there with 27 percent. Rubio was in third with 13 percent.
The rest of the Republican field, including Dr. Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul, seem to have fallen back significantly.
The last nationwide polls came out on Jan. 28. The IBD/TIPP one showed Clinton with 50 percent of the vote and Sanders with 38 percent; on the Republican side, Trump was on top with 31 percent and Cruz was second with 21 percent. No other Republican had more than 10 percent.
Trump and Clinton were also on top of most of the other primary polls released on Thursday. Trump was on top of all of the Republican ones—for New Hampshire, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Clinton was on top of three of those states, but Sanders was way ahead with 57 percent of the vote in New Hampshire to Clinton’s 38 percent.