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DemPopulist Donating Member (446 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 09:38 PM
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17. Um, no
Edwards was already well ahead of Dean in the popular vote when Dean dropped out. He finished far ahead of Dean in both Iowa and Wisconsin, two states that Dean spent a lot of time in. Yeah, Dean finished ahead in some primaries and caucuses that Edwards didn't bother with (just as JE "beat" Howard in Missouri, South Carolina, Oklahoma and other states where Dean didn't campaign) but when they competed directly, Edwards usually did better. New Hampshire, where Dean had a regional advantage, was an exception.

I mean, clearly, JK clobbered everyone in the field, but Edwards is the only guy who posed even a remote threat to his nomination once the voting actually started. And if he'd done about 5%-6% better in Iowa, he'd be the nominee now (there are other scenarios but that's the most obvious). I'm not dissing Dean - I especially like the way he's campaigned for Kerry lately - but it's fairly undeniable that Edwards did best, in terms of sheer number of votes, of all the also-rans. That still would've been true if you had stopped the primary voting on February 3rd, when all the major candidates but Gephardt were still in the race.
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