Exit polls for Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses show Donald Trump leading the state’s Republican primary, but Democrat Joni Ernst trails in the general election.
Exit polls released by exit polls conducted by Edison, a publicly traded firm, show Democrat Hillary Clinton with an advantage of nearly 10 percentage points over Trump, 45 percent to 42 percent.
Iowa was not the first Republican primary to have its first primary poll close.
In 2008, former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush defeated Republican Rick Santorum by 5 points, with a margin of 11.2 percentage points.
Iowa has a history of close primaries, with the last one coming in 1992.
Democrats hold a wide lead in Iowa, with nearly 10 million votes counted.
The race has moved to the polls ahead of Tuesday’s election, as Trump’s supporters continue to mobilize in anticipation of the Republican Party nominating convention.
Iowa Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri said Trump will likely not be nominated, and the state is likely to be a one-on-one battle.
He said Trump’s victory in Iowa is a significant win for his campaign and his message of economic nationalism.
“I’m very confident that Trump will win the Republican nomination,” Munisterisaid.
“I don’t think this race will be a close one.
He is very strong on the economic issues.
He has the message that Iowa is the best state for his policies, and I’m very proud to have a candidate who is going to deliver that message to the American people.”
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