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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 11:34 AM
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Iowa Could Make or Break Democrats
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By BETH FOUHY and NEDRA PICKLER
The Associated Press
Saturday, December 29, 2007; 9:31 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa could make or break a Democratic candidate on Thursday. The question is, who?

While the state has long played a key role in choosing the Democratic presidential nominee, it has unparalleled influence this year, even after several larger states moved up their contests to try and muscle in. Those efforts have done little more than compress the calendar into a five-week sprint that ends with the multistate primary Feb. 5 _ strengthening Iowa's position as the leadoff caucus state rather than diminishing it.

Even New Hampshire, which holds the first primary of the season, has seen its once-mighty position diminished somewhat by Iowa's outsized role this time.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are locked in a tight three-way contest in Iowa just days before voters attend their precinct caucuses on Thursday. And while all three have strong organizations in other early states, the best laid plans in those places could come apart depending on what happens in Iowa.

Only Obama and Clinton have raised enough campaign cash to be sure of being competitive through Feb. 5 and beyond. Edwards has agreed to accept federal matching funds, which will constrain the amount of money he is allowed to spend in each state.

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Looks like I need to re-open my wallet for Edwards! Will do that now... $20.08 happy new year!
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