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Thursday, September 19, 2002


The Pulse of Vermont: Dean's presidential campaign

posted by Jerome at Thursday, September 19, 2002 permalink View blog reactions
New poll results indicate that Vermonters have ambiguous feelings for Governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign. George Bush would get 44% of the Vermont vote and Dean would receive 36%. Others were undecided or favored neither candidate.

(Davis) "If at this stage of the campaign, Dean cannot even show potential supporters that he's beating the president in his home state, those supporters are going to wonder what the staying power of the Dean campaign is."

(Dillon) Davis suggests that there are several factors working against Dean in his home state. First, Vermonters are used to Dean as governor and may have a hard time picturing him as president. Second, with the nation facing a dangerous international situation, the public may want to support the president. Still, Davis says it's hard to imagine a candidate winning a presidential race without being able to carry his home state.


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