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Loras Poll: Clinton leads in Iowa, Grassley in tight race

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In the latest Loras College Poll released Thursday, Hillary Clinton continues to hold a comfortable lead over Donald Trump.

"Many people's thoughts have turned more to summer vacation than presidential politics, but it is clear going into the Independence Day holiday, the Clinton campaign has the edge here in Iowa," said Director of the Loras College Poll Christopher Budzisz.

In a two-way matchup, Clinton polls at 48 percent to Trump/s 34 percent, though more than 60 percent of likely voters say they are totally dissatisfied with their choices.

In a 4-way matchup with third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, Clinton holds a 44 percent to 31 percent lead over Trump.

“I think third-party candidates, especially libertarian Gary Johnson, have their sights set on having 2016 be a breakthrough year.  Both Johnson and Stein seek to capitalize on voter dissatisfaction and the lack of widespread enthusiasm of the Democratic and Republican candidates,” Budzisz commented.

In the race for U.S. Senate, it appears Chuck Grassley is vulnerable.

He holds a 46 percent to 45 percent lead over challenger Patty Judge.

“Senator Grassley is something of an institution here in Iowa, but Democrats are hoping to use his refusal to hold a Senate hearing on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee against him.  I think they are also hoping for a negative down-ballot effect created by Trump as the presidential nominee.  Senator Grassley will not be easy to unseat, however,” commented Budzisz.

The Loras College Poll surveyed 600 likely Iowa presidential election voters, and was conducted from June 24-26.

For more information, visit www.loras.edu/poll.

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