U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Republican and Democratic candidates made last-gasp appeals to Iowa voters just hours before the first nominating contest of the 2016 campaign, with their White House aspirations on the line.Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton both were leading in the polls, but not by enough to assure victory for either candidate in Monday's caucuses.Will an establishment Republican -- Marco Rubio, perhaps -- outperform the polls and make it a three-way race with Trump and conservative Ted Cruz?Most of the 12 Republicans and three Democrats in the race were holding several weekend events to press the flesh and win over voters.A Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll published late Saturday put Clinton just ahead of Sanders in Iowa, 45 to 42 percent, within the four percent margin of error.The billionaire businessman had the support of 28 percent of voters, with Cruz at 23 percent.Trump also courted evangelicals, who are expected to play a huge role -- they comprised 57 percent of caucus voters in 2012 .
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