Senator John Edwards leads his fellow Democrats in the Iowa caucus - the first test in the US presidential race - while Rudolph Giuliani is the Republican frontrunner, a poll revealed today.
According to the Real Clear Politics blog, Mr Edwards, John Kerry's running mate in the 2004 White House election, is comfortably in front with 25% of the vote.
Barack Obama, the rising star of the Democratic party, has 17% and is followed by Tom Vilsack, the state's governor until last week (16%), and Hillary Clinton (15%).
In the Republican camp, Mr Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, holds a 25%-21% lead over Senator John McCain. Other polls indicate that Mr McCain is suffering from his strong support for military escalation in Iraq.
Not that this will have any effect on the media, which has focused on Clinton, Obama, and McCain to the exclusion of the apparent front-runners.
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