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Dean, Gephardt Lead in Iowa Poll

August 3, 2003

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt led in an Iowa Poll that looked at the competition for the state’s national leadoff precinct caucuses in January.

John Kerry, who has been competing for the lead in recent Iowa polls, was 9 points behind Dean in the poll taken late last month.

The copyright poll published Sunday in The Des Moines Register showed Dean, the former Vermont governor, with the support of 23 percent, and Gephardt, a Missouri congressman, with the support of 21 percent.

Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, had the backing of 14 percent, while Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the only other candidate in the double digits in the nine-member field, was the first choice of 10 percent.

A strong performance in Iowa could be crucial for Dean, who is in a tough battle with Kerry in New Hampshire, site of the nation’s first presidential primary, a week after Iowa’s caucuses.

The poll questioned 402 registered voters eligible to vote in the caucuses from July 22-29 and had an error margin of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Polling for the Iowa caucuses is very difficult because it’s hard to know who will actually participate.

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