Dec 29, 2007

Iowa and New Hampshire Races Remain Tight

The 34 page opinion poll analysis published yesterday by the LA Times and Bloomberg is worth a read. It shows a very tight race in both states.

The Bhutto killing may also have an interesting impact. The "poll findings suggest Clinton might gain stature in both states if Democrats' concern about world affairs increases after Thursday's assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The poll shows that Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire consider Clinton far better equipped than her rivals to safeguard national security -- as do Democrats around the country.Such a shift in focus away from domestic policy also could affect the Republican presidential contest and benefit Sen. John McCain of Arizona, whose campaign has rebounded in New Hampshire. He's second behind Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.The poll found that Republicans in New Hampshire and Iowa consider McCain best qualified to handle foreign affairs"