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Monday, September 16, 2002


The Scrum

posted by Jerome at Monday, September 16, 2002 permalink View blog reactions
The Scrum --who says it's too early to start thinking about the 2004 Presidential campaign? This little outpost will keep track of all the early developments-- is a good reference for 2004 activity. The editor has affiliation with ABC's Political Unit, and gives more press to Edwards than anyone else-- Dean's sort of just below the radar usually. However, this isn't meant to be a criticism of the text. The Scrum serves up each political nuance, each 2004 press item, each campaign move from a nation press insider position. Check out The Scrum to glean insights from the 2004 presidential campaign process.

In mentioning "anti-gun control" alongside Edwards (and Dean's) semi-advocacy of the position, The Scrum points out that the first three primaries will all be in states where rural friendliness may be a political asset: New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.

The early focus seems to be on the first three primaries. It's likely that we will see a winnowing of sorts that happens after the NH/SC dates. After those first three primaries, there are then a few middle states --AZ, MI, WA, with DE possibly being squeezed in there somewhere as well-- before the two consecutive Super Tuesday's that about wraps up the primaries.


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