31 Jan 2016

Poll puts Donald Trump ahead in Republican contest

9:47 pm on 31 January 2016

With two days to go until the first ballots are cast in the United States presidential nomination race by voters in Iowa, a leading opinion poll has put Donald Trump ahead in the Republican contest.

The poll by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics gives Mr Trump a 5 percent lead over Texas senator Ted Cruz.

In the Democratic Party contest, Hillary Clinton is three points ahead of Bernie Sanders.