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DjTj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 03:10 PM
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29. Edwards was rising fast...
...in NH and many of the primaries after that. He shot up from single digits in the days leading up to vote in primary after primary.

I always felt like Edwards always needed one or two more days - he kept on falling just short.

Between Iowa and NH, the headlines were "Kerry Wins!" and "Dean Screams!" I think both Edwards and Clark would have gotten some boost if the Dean Scream story were allowed to die out and people got to actually hear a name besides Kerry.

Maybe Dean could have pivoted back to a campaign mesage about balanced budgets and health care, but I think the momentum was just too negative for him to recover after Iowa. Edwards and/or Clark may have been able to close the gap though, perhaps even laying the groundwork in a few later states. Maybe they would have just taken each other out though and still handed the nomination to Kerry.

...a lot of things could have happenned. Even then, I don't think everyone here was convinced it was all over.
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