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Poll: Romney Tops Hillary Clinton in Iowa

Poll: Romney Tops Hillary Clinton in Iowa

By Adam O'Neal - October 13, 2014

After months of dominating Republicans in hypothetical swing-state matchups, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's poll numbers have begun returning to earth. In fact, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney edges Clinton in a head-to-head matchup in Iowa, according to a new Des Moines Register survey. Romney earns 44 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 43 percent (well within the margin of error). 

While former president Bill Clinton remains extremely popular in the Hawkeye State -- with a net plus-18 percent favorability rating -- his wife earns a net negative-2 percent rating. That trails Romney, whose approval is a net plus-3 percent. 

Other Republicans also recorded competitive matchups against the woman expected to be the Democratic nominee should she run in 2016. Clinton leads Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan by just 44 percent to 43 percent. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul trails her by three percentage points, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lags by five. 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz all trail Clinton by at least seven percentage points. 

Romney has consistently indicated that he won’t run for president again and that he plans to endorse another Republican candidate during the cycle. Ryan, his former running mate, remains undecided about pursuing the presidency. 

Still, the former Massachusetts governor has maintained a busy schedule this election cycle, campaigning for GOP candidates across the country. Romney stumped for U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Iowa over the weekend. 

The survey of 1,000 likely Iowa voters was conducted Oct. 3-8 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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