JUST IN: OBAMA NOW AHEAD IN IOWA

A few minutes ago, the Des Moines Register released its final poll of Iowa Democrats ahead of Thursday’s caucuses.

The headline: ‘Obama widens lead over Clinton.’

Here are the numbers:

Barack Obama 32%
Hillary Clinton 25%
John Edwards 24%

The details get even better. Here are a couple of quotes from the accompanying article in tomorrow morning’s paper:

“The findings mark the largest lead of any of the Democratic candidates in the Register’s poll all year, underscoring what has been a hard-fought battle among the three well-organized Iowa frontrunners.”

“Obama’s rise is the result in part of a dramatic influx of first-time caucusgoers, including a sizable bloc of political independents. Both groups prefer the Illinois senator….”

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