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Monday, October 20, 2003

Posted by Jake
2 Top Democrats Will Not Contest Iowa's Caucuses

For one thing, they said, the large number of candidates still in the race means caucuses will be less decisive in winnowing the field. In addition, the Democratic calendar would appear to give candidates other ways to get onto the field, and Mr. Lieberman and General Clark are looking to Feb. 3 to make their mark. The scattered geography of that day's voting will put a premium on television advertising, not on the time-consuming barnstorming that is required in Iowa and New Hampshire.

I disagree completely. The large number of candidates still in the race means winning the early caucuses is absolutely critical. If Dean wins Iowa, he is going to become even more of the media's darling and the press is not going to give the others the time of day.

Lieberman and Clark are counting on their standing in national polls to carry them to a primary victory, but it doesn't work that way.


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