Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump holds a 7-point lead over rival Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) in Iowa, fueled by first-time GOP caucusgoers, according to a new poll.
Trump leads Cruz, 31 to 24 percent, in the Quinnipiac poll released Monday morning.
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) has 17 percent while no other GOP candidate has double-digit support, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson the closest at 8 percent.
And there’s more:
First-time Democratic caucusgoers also boosted Bernie Sanders in Iowa, pollsters found, with the Vermont senator holding a 3-point lead over Hillary Clinton, 49 to 46 percent.
Among first-time voters, Sanders holds a major lead over Clinton, 62 to 35 percent, while Clinton holds a 9-point lead among those who have caucused before.
Some questions to ponder…
Who will get to do a victory lap in Iowa?
What would a Sanders victory mean for Hillary Clinton?
How much do you value Iowa in terms of a national predictor?
What value do you think an Iowa victory serves when it comes to national momentum?
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The Hill reports the latest from Quinnipiac: