Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat John
Edwards are atop a poll of likely Iowa caucus voters, and activists
say that's because they've spent so much time and energy in that
The poll published in the Des Moines Sunday Register shows
Romney was backed by 30 percent, ahead of Arizona Senator John
McCain with 18 percent and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
with 17 percent.
Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, was ahead with 29
percent of those surveyed, compared to 23 percent for Illinois
Senator Barack Obama and 21 percent for New York Senator Hillary
The poll was conducted May 12th through 16th. Democratic strategist Matt Paul says Romney's lead could be due to his early television commercials in Iowa, boosting his name identification.
Des Moines lawyer Rob Tully says the poll is just an indication
that the three top Democratic candidates would have to battle for a