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Friday, June 13, 2003


How they could win: Kerry

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, June 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Daily Kos continues his series analyzing the best-case scenario for each of the major candidates to win the nomination. Last week it was Edwards, this week it is Kerry (and stay tuned for Dean next week). It's clear from the analysis that Kerry's only real obstacle is Dean. But I think that the basic assumption that Dean is finished if he loses Iowa and New Hampshire is wrong - given the immense grassroots network that we are building, it's entirely possible that a re-doubled effort post-loss in NH and IA at the grassroots level could pull off a surprise upset on Super Tuesday. What matters most is number of delegates, not the early wins. And remember that Clinton lost both IA and NH in 92.


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