We’re just 14 days from the Iowa caucus, and each day is critical. There are no new polls to register the impact of Thursday’s debate. Recent polls show Ted Cruz with a small advantage over Donald Trump in Iowa and Marco Rubio third. Trump and Cruz flip nationally, with New Hampshire showing a strong Trump lead and Rubio fending off Chris Chrstie and John Kasich for runner-up status in New Hampshire.
Here’s a look at the state of the race:
The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll show a 3-point Cruz lead over Trump, 25 percent to 22 percent, with Rubio at 12 percent and Ben Carson at 11. While the poll is renowned for is accuracy, it’s important to note that two other recent polls from the same period, by Gravis and Public Policy Polling, both favor Trump. The RealClearPolitics averages show Trump with a 0.4-point lead over Cruz at 27.3 to 26.9 percent, with Rubio running third at 11.9 percent and Carson fourth at 9.
Iowa Polling Averages (by RealClearPolitics)
FiveThirtyEight, which takes more than polls into account when forecasting, shows Cruz with a 51 percent chance of taking Iowa, with Trump at 29 percent and Rubio at 14.
The betting markets as aggregated by Predictwise shows some steadying for Cruz, who is at 62 after a roller-coaster week where he started at 79, fell as low as 58, then recovered to 63 Saturday. Trump rose from 31 to 33 percent, with Rubio taking 4 percent and Carson tying Jeb Bush at 1.
With the most recent New Hampshire poll released January 11, the RealClearPolitics averages continue to show Trump with a 17.6-point lead over Rubio, 30.4 percent to 12.8 percent, with Kasich third at 11.2, Cruz at 11, Chris Christie at 9.2, and Jeb Bush at 8.4. Huffpost Pollster, which did not include a poll by NH1/Reach, has Trump with 29.1 percent to Rubio’s 14.2 percent, with Cruz at 11.9, Christie at 11.3, Kasich at 10.5, and Bush at 7.8.
New Hampshire Polling Averages (by RealClearPolitics)
FiveThirtyEight gives Trump a 39 percent chance to win New Hampshire, with Rubio at 21 percent, Cruz at 13, and Kasich at 11. Significantly, Trump still has a solid projection even after FiveThirtyEight controls 20 percent for his assumed loss in Iowa.
The PredictWise betting averages continue to show a Trump ascendancy, as he rises from his previous high of 56 percent to 60. Rubio dips one point to 13 percent, then Cruz at 11 percent, with everyone else in single digits.
Click below for a national polling roundup and a discussion of today’s news.