Last week, former MA Gov., Deval Patrick was considering entered the Democratic presidential campaign. Also as of last week, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has officially filed in the presidential race in both Alabama and Arkansas, the first two states to post candidate declaration deadlines. Of note, but unlikely - Hillary Clinton again refused to rule out that she, too, will join the race was quoted yesterday as saying that, “many, many, many people” are asking her to run. Of those who are in the race - a new poll for the Des Moines Register (11/8-13; 2,102 IA active registered voter contacts; 500 likely IA Democratic Caucus attenders) was released over the weekend which found South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) now building a sizable lead for the upcoming February 3rd vote. According to Des Moines-based Selzer & Company, commonly viewed as the most accurate Iowa pollster, Mr. Buttigieg has 25% support. His next closest competitor is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with 16%, while former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) both closely trail with 15%, apiece. This is the second poll within the week that placed Buttigieg atop the field with over 20% support. This is just one poll, but it does reflect a trend benefitting Buttigieg in Iowa. Meanwhile, the other early states, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada favor a combination of the other leading candidates: Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders.