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Donald Trump Takes Lead In Final Iowa GOP Poll

| by Sean Kelly
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Donald Trump held his lead in the final poll before the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucus. 

Trump currently stands at 28 percent in the latest poll, with rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas coming in at 23 percent. Cruz remains more respected and popular in the race, however, according to the poll from the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa.

“The drill-down shows, if anything, stronger alignment with Cruz than Trump, except for the horse race,” pollster J. Ann Selzer told the Register.

Selzer has become known for predicting elections out of her small office in Des Moines, perhaps being best known as the only pollster to accurately predict the order of Democratic candidates in 2004, Politico notes.

“I think it has to do with being more of a traditionalist, science-based pollster,” she told Politico. 

“And because it has worked for me, I’ve not been tempted to go and try other methods," she added. "And because I have clients who are willing to pay the premium that it takes to do it this way, I’ve not had to cut corners.”

The latest Des Moines poll showed the majority of the GOP field struggling. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida came in at 15 percent, while Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky remained at 5 percent. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey followed behind at 3 percent, and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Carly Fiorina, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylania each came in at 2 percent. 

Trump’s lead in the poll comes following his decision to skip the recent debate in Iowa because of his feud with Fox News and the network's debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

Sources: Des Moines Register, Politico / Photo credit: Wikipedia, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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