Walker Has Early Lead in Iowa Poll as Bush Faces Challenges

Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker has expanded his early lead in Iowa, while former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush continues to face headwinds and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shows upside potential in the state that hosts the first 2016 presidential nomination balloting.

  • Walker backed by 17% of likely Republican caucus participants according to Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ben Carson at 10%; Bush, former Ark. Gov Mike Huckabee at 9%; Rubio, former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., at 6%
  • Walked was atop previous poll, in Jan., with 15%
  • “Scott Walker’s momentum puts him solidly in first place,” says J. Ann Selzer, president of West Des Moines-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll
    • “For the time being, he’s doing the right things to make the right first impression”
  • NOTE: Poll 402 likely caucusgoers conducted May 25-29; margin of error +/- 4.9 ppts