Dean takes sizeable lead in New Hampshire poll

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On Wednesday, a new poll of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire finds former Vermont Governor Howard Dean vaulting into a big lead. The Zogby International poll of 501 likely voters finds Dean at 38%. His closest rival in New Hampshire – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry – is at 17%.

That 21-point margin more than reverses the finding of a poll in June, when Kerry had 26% and Dean registered at 13% among likely voters in the first-in-the-nation primary. The latest survey has a margin of error of 4.5%. Zogby International has been tracking public opinion since 1984 in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

The poll results follow Dean’s “Sleepless Summer Tour” that raised more than a million dollars and ended in the middle of a crowd of 10,000 supporters Tuesday night in Manhattan.

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