A Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released Wednesday, however, showed Obama tied with Clinton at 28 percent each with Edwards close behind with 26 percent.
Both polls indicate that there is still no clear choice in Iowa, and all candidates are spending the final hours making their closing arguments. Obama, who is making appearances across the state today, made a final pitch in Indianola, Iowa, to a crowd of just over 500.
Obama, who has grabbed headlines having celebrity supporters like Oprah Winfrey, had “Superman Returns” star Brandon Routh with him for some extra support.
Routh, a native Iowan, said he “likes that Obama is not taking money from lobbyists or special interests,” CNN reported.
Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert questioned the senator on his policy on lobbyists when he appeared on the MSNBC show Sunday.
Obama defended his limited Capitol Hill experience and discussed how he would limit the “revolving door” of lobbyists’ influence in Washington.
During Thursday’s caucus in Iowa, Democratic caucus-goers who support more marginal candidates may be asked to switch their caucus vote to more “viable candidates.” Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has been polling at less than 3 percent support in Iowa, told his supporters Wednesday to vote for Obama as their second choice.
“In those caucus locations where my support doesn’t reach the necessary threshold, I strongly encourage all of my supporters to make Barack Obama their second choice,” Kucinich said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Sen. Obama and I have one thing in common: change.”
Obama accepted Kucinich’s support. “He and I have been fighting for a number of the same priorities — including an end to the war in Iraq that we both opposed from the start, reforming Washington and creating a better life for America’s working families,” Obama said.
The stakes are high for the Obama camp in Iowa. Not only will the contest position candidates for the remaining primaries, but for Obama, winning Iowa “will give a hint whether he can get a majority or at least a significant percent of whites to vote for him,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Huffington Post. “Iowa is one of the whitest and most rural states in the union. White voters make up more than ninety percent of the state’s voters.”
Ofari Hutchinson predicts that a “win or a big showing in Iowa will give Obama’s dream campaign an adrenalin [sic] shot, and may convince more of the Democratic Party shot callers that he, not Hillary, is the party’s go to candidate.”