WASHINGTON--I say this all the time when I am asked about polls on television shows and this latest Iowa poll prompts me to make the point here. National polls don't matter much in the 2008 presidential primary. Individual polls from the early primary states are more important. I rarely write about polls but this new KCCI poll demonstrates that in key leadoff state of Iowa, there are four candidates in play, in order, John Edwards, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson. So while the overall front-runners are Clinton and Obama, Iowa throws a lifeline to Edwards and Richardson. The New Mexico governor moved up in rankings, so his campaign bragged about it on Thursday.
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release from the Richardson campaign.....
New Iowa KCCI Channel 8 Poll Shows Jump for Governor Bill Richardson
Richardson within striking distance of Senator Obama
For Immediate Release
July 26, 2007
AMES, IA -- Today, Democratic Presidential candidate Governor Bill Richardson has jumped to 11% in a new Iowa KCCI Channel 8 Poll, a 4-point gain since May.
"This poll is consistent with the momentum we're seeing on the ground in Iowa," said campaign manager Dave Contarino. "The more Iowa voters get to know Governor Richardson, the more they like him. His experience, his vision for growing the economy and enacting universal healthcare, and his plan for getting all of our troops out of Iraq with no residual forces are resonating with voters everywhere. This poll reflects that."
Today's poll shows Governor Richardson with the most growth in support among all the candidates. It also shows him quickly closing in on Senator Obama.
Here are the results to the most recent July Iowa KCCI Channel 8 Poll:
July 2007 May 2007
Edwards 27% 26%
Clinton 22% 28%
Obama 16% 22%
Richardson 11% 7%
Note: Final July numbers have not yet been reported by KCCI Channel 8
Governor Richardson's campaign continues to pick up speed in Iowa. Just before Governor Richardson's solid performance at the CNN/YouTube debate, the campaign started running a new ad called "Heroes" in Iowa, detailing Governor Richardson's leadership of the national effort to raise death benefits for the families of fallen soldiers and his plans to give a "Heroes' Health Card" to our veterans, so they can get healthcare wherever and whenever they need it.
Governor Richardson continues to rise in the all-important early primary states. Today's poll comes on the heels of a CNN/KMUR/UNH poll, showing Governor Richardson ahead of John Edwards in New Hampshire.
"Our strategy of door-to-door, grassroots campaigning in the early primary states is paying off," said Contarino.
The pundits are starting to realize what the voters have known for awhile: Governor Richardson is a top-tier contender. A recent USA Election Polls article predicted an upset victory for Governor Richardson in Iowa.
Please find a press release on the Iowa poll done for the campaign by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates here:
Please find a press release on the CNN/KMUR/UNH poll here:
Please watch the ad "Heroes" here:
Please find the USA Election Poll article here: