Sanders Surges IN IOWA POLL

Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-commanding lead in Iowa has shrunk to just seven percentage points, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has surged in the state whose caucuses will kick off the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a poll released Saturday evening.

The Des Moines Register-Bloomberg Politics poll found Clinton with the support of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers, followed by Sanders at 30 percent.

Vice President Joe Biden, who is contemplating a late entry into the race, came in third at 14 percent, while former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley was a distant fourth at 3 percent. Without Biden in the race, the poll showed Clinton leading Sanders, 43 percent to 35 percent.

Unlike in New Hampshire, where Clinton has slipped behind Sanders in recent polls, she appeared to have been holding onto a dominant position in Iowa.

But Saturday's poll found the former secretary of state on a downward trajectory, losing a third of her supporters since May and dropping below the 50 percent mark for the first time in four Register-Bloomberg surveys this year.

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