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Iowa Poll: Sanders Maintains Slim Lead over Clinton

The latest Iowa poll by Quinnipiac University has placed Bernie Sanders at the top of the Democrats with a slight lead over Hillary Clinton.

Sanders took home 49 percent of the vote and Clinton secured 45 percent.

CNN reports:

The numbers hold steady from a January 12 poll by Quinnipiac, which had Sanders on top 49% to 44%.

The survey shows former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, the third-place candidate, could be relevant to the race’s outcome. He tallied 4% in the poll, meaning his supporters’ second choice could make the difference between Sanders and Clinton.

On caucus night, voters can change their vote as the evening progresses, but a candidate needs at least 15% to remain viable.

The race is still fluid, however, as one-in-five caucus-goers said they might change their mind, though only 2% of those polled said they are entirely undecided.

Cilnton leads Sanders among “somewhat liberal” voters, women and voters over age 45, while Sanders leads among “very liberal” voters, men and voters under the age of 44.

Quinnipiac surveyed 606 likely Democratic Iowa caucus-goers from January 18-24 by phone for the poll.

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