- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has an 18-point lead over Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont in a new poll on the early presidential state of Iowa, essentially retaining the sizable advantage she had over Mr. Sanders in August in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mrs. Clinton had the support of 55 percent of likely Democratic Iowa caucus-goers, followed by Mr. Sanders at 37 percent and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 3 percent in the CNN/ORC poll released Friday.

That’s comparable to the 19-point, 50 percent to 31 percent advantage Mrs. Clinton had over Mr. Sanders in a CNN/ORC poll taken in August.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden had been at 12 percent in the August poll. The latest survey was taken from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 — after Mr. Biden announced he would not be running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Voters also said Mrs. Clinton would do the best job handling the economy, foreign policy, health care, climate change and gun policy. About three-quarters said she has the best chance of winning in the general election next November.

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