- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 26, 2003

BOSTON (AP) — Presidential hopeful Howard Dean holds a 13-point lead over John Kerry in New Hampshire, according to poll released yesterday, the latest to show the former Vermont governor ahead in a state that holds its primary Jan. 27.

After weeks of attacks by rivals and the entrance of Wesley Clark into the race, Mr. Dean is maintaining a double-digit lead over fellow Democrats in most of the surveys.

Mr. Dean drew support from 37 percent of those surveyed in the Boston Globe/WBZ poll while Mr. Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, had the backing of 24 percent. Mr. Dean had a 12-point lead over Mr. Kerry in the same poll a month ago.

Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina was backed by 9 percent; Mr. Clark, a retired general, 8 percent; and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri 7 percent. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut had the backing of 5 percent; Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich was at 3 percent; and former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and the Rev. Al Sharpton each had less than 1 percent.

The poll found 7 percent were undecided or refused to answer.

When asked which candidate would be the strongest against President Bush, more than a third, 35 percent, said Mr. Dean, while 20 percent said Mr. Kerry.

The Boston Globe/WBZ poll was conducted by KRC Communications Research Oct. 20-22. It surveyed 400 Democratic and independent voters who could cast ballots in the New Hampshire primary, and had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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