We’re just 16 days from the Iowa caucus, and things are heating up. It’s too early to see polling differences from Thursday’s debate, and no organizations released polls today. Recent polls indicate that Ted Cruz leads Donald Trump in Iowa, with Marco Rubio third. Trump continues to lead in New Hampshire and nationally, with Cruz running second nationally and Rubio leading a close race for runner-up in New Hampshire.
Here’s a look at the state of the race:
Cruz and Trump, who continued to spar about Cruz’s citizenship in the January 14 debate (seen above), are neck-and-neck in Iowa. Cruz leads according to the Des Moines Register poll, widely regarded as the most accurate, but Trump takes the lead in the latest Gravis and Public Policy Polling releases. 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)
The betting markets as aggregated by Predictwise have taken a sharp downward turn for Cruz, falling from 79 percent at the beginning of the year to 58 percent now. Trump, in the same period, has risen from the low 20s to 33 percent, with Rubio taking 6 percent and Jeb Bush 5.
No New Hampshire polls were released Friday. RealClearPolitics averages are therefore fairly consistent, showing 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 the NH1/Reach poll, 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.
The PredictWise betting averages show Trump continuing his month-long climb, with a 56 percent chance to take the state. Rubio runs second with 15 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.