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Friday, August 17, 2007


Edwards ahead in Iowa

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, August 17, 2007 permalink View blog reactions
It seems that Edwards is on track to pull off an upset in Iowa.

In discussion at myDD, someone asks whether Obama would be finished if he lost both Iowa (to both Edwards and Clinton) and New Hampshire (to Clinton). I don't think that Obama's base would evaporate. he has better anti-Clinton credentials than Edwards. If things shake out as I expect, ie Edwards 1st, Clinton 2nd and Obama 3rd in Iowa, and Clinton 1st and Obama 2nd in NH, then we are probably still looking at Clinton vs Obama for the nomination. Unless Edwards wins NH outright, he's really running for VP again.

If Gore enters the race, the dynamics change of course. Speaking purely in wishful thinking mode, I think a Gore-Obama matchup would be the strongest ticket.

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