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Clinton, Obama top preferences among Democrats, Huckabee, Romney among Republicans

Associated Press - January 3, 2008 8:33 PM ET

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - According to a survey by the Associated Press and the television networks, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are battling it out for victory in tonight's Iowa caucuses. John Edwards is lagging behind his rivals in a survey of Iowans entering the caucuses.

Among Republicans, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are the top choices in the entrance polling.

About half of Democrats surveyed say a candidate's ability to bring about needed change is the most important factor in choosing who will get their vote. Other key factors for poll takers included a candidate's experience, the feeling that the candidate cares about people like them and the candidate having the best chance to capture the White House.

Among Republicans, the largest group of voters indicated the most important quality in picking a candidate was one who shared their values. A smaller number said they want a candidate who says what he believes. Others are looking for a candidate to have experience and a chance to win in November.

More Democrats than Republicans say they decided whom to back more than a month ago.

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