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Poll: Obama, Clinton close in Iowa, many voters may change minds

By The Associated Press

THE RACE: The presidential race for Democrats in Iowa.

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THE NUMBERS - DEMOCRATS

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Barack Obama, 33 percent

Hillary Rodham Clinton, 29 percent

John Edwards, 20 percent

Bill Richardson, 8 percent

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OF INTEREST:

Obama has a big edge over Clinton among the 56 percent of Iowa Democrats in this poll who say they are looking for a new direction. Clinton has a huge margin among those who prefer strength and experience. Two-thirds of Edwards’ supporters have attended previous caucuses, while more than half of Clinton’s and Obama’s have not, making Edwards less reliant on first-time attendees. Overall, a third say they may still change their minds about whom to support.

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The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted Dec. 13-17 and involved telephone interviews with 652 adults likely to vote in the Iowa caucuses. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. ———

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