Battleground State Profile: Iowa



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State Data:


2008 Caucus Results::


Barack Obama: 36%

John Edwards: 30%

Hillary Clinton: 29%



Mike Huckabee: 34%

Mit Romney: 25%

Fred Thompson: 13%



2004 Election Results:


George W. Bush: 48.90%

John Kerry: 49.23%



2000 Election Results:


Al Gore: 48.54%

George W. Bush: 48.22%



Racial Breakdown:


White: 92.6%

Black: 2.1%

Hispanic: 2.8%

Other: 2.4%



Income:


Under 25k: 29.3%

25-50k: 33.7%

50-100k: 29.8%

Over 100k: 7.3%



Education:


Less than H.S.: 13.9%

H.S. or Higher: 86.1%

BA or Higher: 21.2%

Grad/Prof Deg: 6.5%



Who do you think will win Iowa?



John McCain


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Iowa



How important is Iowa to the Barack Obama? Not only did his victory in the caucuses do wonders to elevate his candidacy's viability, Obama returned to the state in May to mark the milestone of winning the majority of pledged delegates.


After voting for the Democratic nominee in the previous four presidential elections, in 2004, President Bush defeated John Kerry in Iowa by less than 1 percent of the vote.


After voting for the Democratic nominee in the previous four presidential elections, in 2004, President Bush defeated John Kerry in Iowa by less than 1 percent of the vote. McCain finished a disappointing fourth place in the Republican caucuses back in January, and he will need strong support from the evangelical Republican base in the state to overcome Obama's formidable campaign apparatus here.


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Poll Averages




Real Clear Politics averages recent polls from a wide number of media sources, including some not recognized or used by CBS News, and shows the average lead of the top candidate.