Tuesday, January 1, 2008
New Year's In Des Moines
So there I am in Des Moines as the Iowa Caucuses come to a close in three days. New Year's Eve last night saw parties for all campaigns across this city (packed with politicos) and the state. Edwards' Campaign is upbeat and working hard, as John Edwards left this morning for a 36-hour state tour to Get Out The Caucus (or Get Out The Vote!).
Edwards Could Gain Most On Thursday From Second Choice Votes
According to this LA Times story:
There are signs that Edwards has the most to gain from second-choice picks, whereas Clinton may have the toughest time wooing those second-round votes.
A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg survey of Iowa Democrats published last week showed that Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who surged four years ago to a surprising second-place finish in the caucuses, was the second choice of 23% of likely caucusgoers, compared with 20% who cited Obama as a second choice and 15% for Clinton.
Among the 13% of likely caucusgoers who planned to back Richardson or Biden, Edwards was named by a convincing plurality as the second choice.
Some strategists believe that Edwards owed his success in 2004 to the fact that he was a popular second choice in that contest, benefiting as Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt, who had been front-runners, destroyed each other’s chances with attack ads.