Last week's Iowa poll that unofficially launched the 2008 Election season found little surprises on the Republican side of the ballot. John McCain (27%) and Rudy Giuliani (26%) led the field of several potential Republican candidates (virtually none of whom have officially declared their candidacy for president).
While four Democrats registered in double digits in a poll of likely Democratic caucus voters, only McCain and Giuliani reached double digits for the Republicans in the poll, sponsored by KCCI-TV on December 18-20. Mitt Romney (9%), Newt Gingrich (7%), and Condi Rice (4%) were the only other candidates to garner at least 1% support from likely Republican Iowa caucus voters.
Both Barack Obama and John Edwards led McCain 42-39 in a head-to-head matchup; Obama (43-38) and Edwards (42-38) also had the upper hand on the former federal prosecutor and Mayor of New York City.
Democrat (and out-going Iowa governor) Tom Vilsack also led McCain 41-35 and Giuliani 42-35, while both McCain (43-37) and Giuliani (39-35) had the edge on Hillary Clinton in head-to-head matchups.