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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:59 AM
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My take on the odds of the candidates in the Democratic Primary

Hillary Clinton: 80%
Why it isn't higher: Miracles happen, especially in politics
Why it isn't lower: She's consistently held a commanding lead from square 1, even when she seemed to be faltering.

John Edwards: 10%
Why it isn't higher: He's running third, and hasn't shown signs of rising
Why it isn't lower: He looks more likely than Obama to pick up momentum in the earliest states to vote, I think.

Barack Obama: 8%
Why it isn't higher: I think he's less likely than Edwards to pick up the momentum in Iowa and New Hampshire that would be the only likely cause of a Clinton defeat.
Why it isn't lower: He's polling well ahead of Edwards in general. I think he's very likely to finish ahead of Edwards, just not by enough to win.

Al Gore: 1%
Why it isn't higher: He doesn't want to run. He doesn't plan to run. He would probably lose to Clinton even if he did run.
Why it isn't lower: If by some miracle he were to undergo a complete change of heart and mind and enter the race, and both Obama and Edwards swung behind him, it's not completely inconceivable that he might cause an upset. And I didn't want to get into fractions.

The Field: 1%
Why it isn't higher: no-one else has a snowball's chance in hell.
Why it isn't lower: miracles happen, and I didn't want to get into fractions.



Incidentally, in the interests of openness, my prejudices are: I think Edwards would probably make the best candidate of the big three, and Obama the second-best, but that any of them would do a fine job; I find myself sneakingly hoping for a Clinton win due to the way some of the criticism of her on DU has put my back up; I think that any of the three viable candidates would do a sufficiently good job, and none of them so much better a one than the others, that I don't really care very much about the outcome of the primary.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:17 AM
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1. I'm sure one of the "top three" will be gone after Iowa. Just sayin...
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watercolors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:34 AM
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2. I have no favorite pick, any one of top two will be fine
I will be just overjoyed to know bush and croonies are gone! I look forward to voting for whom ever our candidate will be. Tired of all the bashing and negativity it has brought to DU. I think we have an amazing selection of candidates, a very hard choice to make.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:39 AM
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3. I,too look forward to the day
we go into full Gop bashing mode. No matter who the Dem winner is!
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