Dean Losing Ground; Kerry Picking Up Steam

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - Democratic frontrunner Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is losing his lead in Iowa, while Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is rolling full-steam ahead recent polls show.

Dean dropped four percentage points to 24 percent in the three-day tracking poll, while Kerry gained four points, tying with Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt for second place at 21 percent, according to the Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby poll released Wednesday.

"There's major movement every day in Iowa," pollster John Zogby said, with 13 percent of likely caucus-goers still undecided and all of the top candidates planning an intensive schedule of campaigning in the state in the final days. "This is officially a three-way race."

North Carolina Sen. John Edwards gained one percentage point to 15 percent.

The poll was taken Sunday through Tuesday and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent. Polling will continue every day through the caucuses.

The Iowa caucus takes place Monday, January 19.

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