WASHINGTON--A new Des Moines Register poll out Saturday will drive a lot of the storyline going in the next week as Democrat Barack Obama grabs the lead in Iowa getting more female support at this point than chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Meanwhile, at a debate Saturday in Des Moines, the Clinton camp gave former Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer a seat next to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Why Palmer? Palmer--who is running as a Clinton delegate in Chicago--was knocked off the ballot by Obama when he first ran for state senator, his first elected position. Obama challenged Palmers' petition signatures. If the thought was to rattle Obama, his camp said it did not work.
The Des Moines Register top line
It's Obama 28
all others below 20 percent
excerpt....from THOMAS BEAUMONT • REGISTER STAFF WRITER • Copyright 2007, Des Moines Register and Tribune Company • December 1, 2007
"Despite the movement, the race for 2008's opening nominating contest remains very competitive about a month before the Jan. 3 caucuses, just over half of likely caucusgoers who favor a candidate saying they could change their minds."