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Trump, Biden deadlocked in Iowa: poll

Trump, Biden deadlocked in Iowa: poll
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President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE are deadlocked in Iowa, according to a new Des Moines Register-Mediacom poll released on Tuesday. 

The poll shows both Trump and Biden garnering 47 percent support in the Hawkeye State, with another 4 percent planning to vote for a different candidate and 3 percent undecided. 

The poll is the latest to suggest a tightening race in Iowa, a state that Trump carried four years ago by 9 points. Driving Biden’s gains in the state is his support among women and independent voters, who back the former vice president over Trump 57-37 percent and 50-38 percent, respectively.

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That’s an improvement for Democrats since 2016, when Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison Monica Lewinsky signs production deal with 20th TV Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE won female voters in the state by a 7-point margin, capturing 51 percent of the vote to Trump’s 44 percent. 

But Biden’s level of support among independent voters is an even more remarkable change from 2016. Trump won those voters in Iowa four years ago 51-38 percent.

Trump leads among men in the state, but by a smaller margin than he won in 2016. Fifty-seven percent said they back Trump, while 36 percent support Biden. Trump won those voters four years ago 61-33 percent, according to exit polls. 

Trump’s 9-point win in Iowa four years ago was a crushing blow for Democrats after former President Obama carried the state in 2008 and 2012. Other Republican gains in 2016 helped fuel concerns among Democrats that the state had drifted away from its status as a political battleground. 

But Democrats made gains there in the 2018 midterm elections when the party flipped two GOP-held House seats and came within 3 points of unseating Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingPence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman Former Steve King challenger on rural voters in GOP states: 'They hate Democrats' First Democrat announces Senate bid against Iowa's Grassley MORE (R). Democrats now represent three of the state’s four House districts.

Democrats are also eyeing other races in Iowa this year, most notably a Senate contest, in which Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOvernight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration Senate bill would add visas, remove hurdles to program for Afghans who helped US MORE (R) is fending off a tough challenge from Democrat Theresa Greenfield. A recent Des Moines Register-Mediacom poll of that race showed Greenfield with a 3-point advantage over Ernst. 

The Des Moines Register-Mediacom poll surveyed 658 likely Iowa voters from Sept. 14 to 17. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.