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Tuesday, January 20, 2004


CBS post-mortem puts it in perspective

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, January 20, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Here's a fairly straightforward piece summarizing yesterday's caucus results:

Dean did not abandon his fiery rhetoric Monday night. Pumping the air as if he'd won, Dean bellowed to supporters: "We will not quit now or ever," his voice hoarse, nearly a scream.

On Tuesday, Dean defended his theatrical exuberance on that stage, saying, "You've got to have some fun in this business."
Polls in New Hampshire show Dean still out front, but with a shrinking lead. Clark had been the main challenger, but Monday Kerry began to move up.

An American Research Group tracking poll had Dean with 28 percent, Kerry with 20 percent and Clark 19 percent, subject to a 4 percent margin of error. A WBZ/Boston Globe poll had Dean with 28 percent, Clark with 21 percent and Kerry with 20 percent. That survey has a 5-point margin of error.

Dean still leads the overall delegate race with 104 to Kerry's 75 and Edwards' 34. Nomination requires 2,162 delegates.

Remember, this nomination could be sealed on Super Tuesday in March. Or it could very well drag out to the convention. I'm starting to believe that New Hampshire is going to be irrelevant if we lose, but an important boost if we win. I'll post my analysis on the caucus shortly...


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