- PHILADELPHIA - Ohio
Congressman Dennis Kucinich goes into tonight's Democratic Presidential
debate riding a wave of positive polling results that put him in fourth
place nationally, second in a major California straw poll, and leading
among declared Democrats in an online survey sponsored by Democracy for
- His strongest showing to date is in the ongoing DFA Pulse
Poll, which has drawn more than 100,000 respondents in the past week. Among
declared Democratic candidates, Kucinich is leading with more than 24%
of the vote as of noon today. Senator Barack Obama is second with about
18%, and former Senator John Edwards is currently in third place with about
- In New Hampshire, site of the nation's first Presidential
primary, Kucinich is tied for fourth place with New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson with 7%, only seven points behind Edwards, according to last
week's Rasmussen Report. Also, the Survey Center at the University of New
Hampshire just released polling data showing Kucinich and Sen. Hillary
Clinton gaining momentum, while support for the other Democratic candidates
appears to have peaked and may be in decline in New Hampshire
- Last week, in the largest Democratic straw poll in California,
Kucinich finished a strong second to Edwards. Official results from the
San Mateo County Democratic Party showed that Edwards received 29% of the
total votes cast, Kucinich received just under 24%, and Obama and Clinton
came in third and fourth, with 22.5% and 16.8% respectively. The other
Democratic candidates were all in low single digits.
- In a Zogby America poll earlier this month, Kucinich
was fourth, six points behind Edwards, and ahead of Richardson and Sen.
Joe Biden. The Cook Political Report/RT Strategies poll last month also
had Kucinich tied with Richardson, and ahead of Biden and Sen. Chris Dodd.
- Kucinich's success is even more striking when viewed
on the context of campaign war chests. He has raised about $2.1million
this year. Edwards has raised more than $30 million, Richardson $18.7 million,
Dodd $13.6 million, and Biden $8.2 million.
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