Democratic presidential candiate Hillary Clinton takes a break to snap photos and sign autographs in Iowa just hours before the beginning of the state's crucial caucuses. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a break from canvassing for votes to snap pictures and sign autographs in Iowa on Monday (February 1). The former first lady and secretary of state is making a last appeal for votes ahead of the evening's crucial caucuses. With Iowans ready to cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential race on Monday, polls show Clinton is locked in a statistical dead heat with Democratic rival Benie Sanders in the state, although she leads the U.S. senator from Vermont in national polls. Clinton played down her gender in 2008 but this time around urges voters not to miss the chance to make history by electing the first woman president. Democratic women aged 30 to 39 say they prefer Clinton to Sanders 45 to 28 percent, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll of 3,466 respondents taken from Jan. 1 to Jan. 26. In interviews with women voters aged 30 to 39 nationally, many said that in 2008 they had been drawn to Obama's idealistic message of "hope" and "change," but this time around they say they value the experience of Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state.