But they were wrong.
Donald Trump opened up a huge lead over Governor Scott Walker in the latest Iowa poll.
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Billionaire Donald Trump is blowing away his nearest competitor, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 2-to-1, in a poll of Iowa Republican voters released Friday by Gravis Marketing on behalf of One American News Network.
Trump has a 15-point lead over Walker in the poll taken of 227 registered Republican voters in the Hawkeye State, asked Wednesday who among the GOP candidates for president they would vote for if the caucus were held today. The results, according to the poll:
Trump, 30.9 percent
Walker, 15.4 percent
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10 percent
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 7.2 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 6 percent
Texas Sen.Ted Cruz, 5.5 percent
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 5.1 percent
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 5 percent
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, 4.3 percent
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 2.9 percent
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 2.8 percent
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 1.7 percent
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, 1 percent
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former New York Gov. George Pataki each have less than 1 percent of support from Iowa voters. The Republican voters’ poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percent.