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<h2><font color=#003399>Poll: Hillary Clinton top Democratic 2004 choice</font></h2>
[img]http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0RQDCF1UVHPvIVwO5iolL3ay37hQZMp*QzSJ2UjH1IVmI*iG4n KUoD26pif8WIsTEQ4CLh17melE!bCX1!cBilGtdjENUl6AScRm !zYoWvso/shrillary.jpg[/img]Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the top choice of Democrats for the 2004 presidential nomination if she chooses to run, according to a new CNN/Time magazine poll.
When registered Democrats were asked whom they would support in a field that included the New York senator and former first lady, 30 percent picked Clinton, compared with 13 percent each for Sen.
The poll, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, was taken Tuesday and Wednesday, after Gore's surprise announcement last Sunday that he would not seek the presidency in 2004.
When poll respondents were asked whom they would support if Clinton does not run, Lieberman and Kerry were each named by 16 percent, followed by House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri at 10 percent, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota at 9 percent and Sen.
John Edwards of North Carolina at 8 percent.
No other potential candidate cleared more than 5 percent, and 24 percent of those polled said they were unsure who they would support in a field without Clinton.
In a head-to-head matchup between Bush and Lieberman, 55 percent of registered voters said they would support the president, with 39 percent supporting the Connecticut senator.
In a race with Kerry, Bush would carry 56 percent, compared with 39 percent for the Democrat, the poll found.
Kerry has filed the paperwork to establish a presidential exploratory committee, the first step in a White House bid.
Lieberman, who had said he would not run if Gore did, said this week that he is considering a bid and will decide by early next year.
Compared with Kerry, Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, was seen as more moderate by Democrats polled.
At a news conference earlier this week, Gore said he had not decided whether to endorse a candidate in 2004, although he said he probably would.
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Please, Oh Please Lord...Please Make Hillary The Dems Presidential Candidate For 2004. [img]graemlins/lazy.gif[/img]