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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowa poll

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has jumped ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Iowa polls, where he was once down by nearly 10 percent in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 election.

In this photo taken May 20, 2015, Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is laying out an agenda in step with the party's progressive wing and compatible with Warren's platform _ reining in Wall Street banks, tackling college debt and creating a government-financed infrastructure jobs program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Of likely Democratic caucus participants polled in Iowa, Sanders is the choice candidate for 41 percent to win the primary. Clinton has 40 percent of support and Vice President Joe Biden — who has not decided whether to run — has 12 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has the support of 3 percent and 3 percent of participants were undecided.

In July, Clinton had 52 percent of support in Iowa, ahead of Sander’s 33 percent and Biden’s 7 percent.

“Sanders and Biden have a higher net favorability rating than Clinton and higher ratings for honesty and empathy,” the poll said. “Clinton has the best scores for leadership and temperament to handle an international crisis.”

There is a significant gender gap in support between the lead candidates. Sanders leads Clinton 49 percent to 28 percent in male support while Clinton leads Sanders with 49 percent to 35 percent in support from women.

“Sanders has seized the momentum by offering a message more in line with disproportionately liberal primary and caucus voters … five months before voting begins in Iowa. History will eventually tell us whether he has made such a large move too soon,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. “He is the candidate of the Democratic left, against his own party’s bosses and their prized presidential candidate, Secretary Hillary Clinton.”

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading the Republican primary race in Iowa with about 26 percent of support in polls, according to RealClearPolitics.

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