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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:38 PM
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If Obama wins Iowa, and Hillary wins NH....then what?
Predictions?
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ilovesunshine Donating Member (289 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:39 PM
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1. We have a DU death match! nt
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:40 PM
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4. Oh my god, it'd be hell on earth.
Surely Edwards would drop out by this point, if it happens.

I think Edwards will win Iowa, but it's currently leaning in Obama's favor--so I thought I'd throw out the 'what if' question
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:30 PM
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49. What about Dennis?
Huh? What happened to Dennis in these discussions?
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:47 PM
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27. Depends on how low Edwards finishes. If he's 4th in either state - he's toast.
He'll pout for a while, then endorse Obama and quickly hit the Sunday Talk Show Circuit.
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:55 PM
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40. If Edwards is fourth in Iowa, he should probably quit breathing.
Joking of course.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:04 PM
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41. That sounds entirely plausible
Are they closest in plans for foreign policy and health care plans?

I should go compare them from their literature but I'm being lazy and want to keep this thread going!
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:45 PM
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51. That about says it!
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:40 PM
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2. Then DU will be ablaze with rampant speculation?
:)
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Clintonista2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:40 PM
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3. I think it depends on the margin of the win/lose
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:44 PM
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13. AND who is second and by how much. If Edwards is a close 2nd
in both races, it actually improves his chances, I should think. If it is a tight 3way in both states he is still in the fight; I can't imagine him dropping out until at least one or 2 big primaries have been completed.
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Perky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:40 PM
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5. Bloody war is SC with no presumptive until after Super Tuesday
If then....And that may mean a floor flight in Denver.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:41 PM
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8. Nah
there won't be a floor fight. We'll have a candidate long before the convention.

In the scenario above, it appears Clinton would win. She's ahead handily in just about every state.
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:43 PM
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11. What's her polling in South Carolina?
The last I saw, it was getting closer there.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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19. Clinton's averaging 38% to Obama's 25%
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:47 PM
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24. Not as close as I thought. Edwards at eleven percent? Ouch.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:48 PM
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29. Yeah
that surprises even me.
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Perky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:49 PM
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32. If Obama wins Iowa it will tighten alot.
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Perky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:54 PM
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38. That fully discounts the impact of how tranformative a win in Iowa would
be for Obama. It alos discounts where 2nd tier votes go.
Lot of undecided out there and they historically break for the non-instutional candidate when it is competitive.

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MNDemNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:41 PM
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6. Same as if Hillary loses or wins both.
Edited on Mon Dec-03-07 12:41 PM by MNDemNY
She goes on to get the nomination.
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:41 PM
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7. Doubtful.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:43 PM
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10. In your dreams, maybe.
A loss in Iowa alone will spell trouble for the Hillary campaign.
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MNDemNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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18. She will win.
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:47 PM
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26. We'll see.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:47 PM
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25. nah. Iowa alone isn't enough to cause her trouble unless she
she does really poorly- like coming in a distant 3rd or 4th. What people are forgetting is how important organization on the ground is. Clinton's got that, along with big leads in the Super Tuesday states. But if she does poorly in Iowa, she's going to face some real trouble.
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:48 PM
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30. I wouldn't be surprised if Biden or Richardson pull out a surprise third place finish in Iowa.
So if Hillary is fourth in Iowa, yet wins New Hampshire...then what?

My head is spinning.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:52 PM
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37. Well, if she's fourth in IA, I can't see her winning NH
She's put a lot of resources into IA and I think a fourth there will show how little depth there is to her support.
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:47 PM
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52. This is what I am hoping...
I am also hoping it may be Dodd.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:56 PM
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55. I think if anyone's going to leap into the top three it'll Richardson.
or maybe Biden. I just don't see Dodd making headway.
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:24 PM
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58. I don't see it with Richardson..
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:29 PM
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48. Momentum will be more important than organization on Super Tuesday
Organization is very key in early contests like Iowa and New Hampshire. But Super Tuesday has just too many states going for organization to really overcome momentum. Clinton has a lead in these states, but she is a known commodity. Obama sweeping the early primary states will reverse those trends very quickly.

Even a frontrunner can't survive a poor showing in the early states. IMO, I don't think Giuliani can get the GOP nomination because he is likely to take a month of severe beatings in the early primary states. He's not even in a position to take second place in Iowa, NH, or SC. If Romney holds Huckabee to second place in Iowa (and I think he will), Huckabee's rise will end up hurting Giuliani and not Romney because he will end up in a lower place than he would if Huckabee weren't a factor.

Hillary's advantage that Giuliani doesn't have is that she has great potential to perform well in the early primary states. But if she doesn't do so well, it will be the same result.
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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:51 PM
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35. I think this truism is overstated
Regardless by the way of who wins IA.

Both HRC and BO have plenty of cash, good organizations and no huge impediment to continuing a strong campaign. Not only that but we have far more frontloading than before and many huge states lined up right after. What candidate with $50MM war chest would feel the need to quit before even finding out which way the big ECV states are trending. Both Obama and Clinton have far more money and name recognition than previous early dropouts.

Everyone who has even the vaguest clue knows IA is a tossup, so losing it will do IMO (and O is all any of us have at this point) little damage. Finishing a distant 5th in a single digits might, but that's unlikely for either of the big 2.

The edge has to go to HRC still. Even accounting for post-IA shifts in the event of a loss there, she has a very large - way outside MOE - lead in national polls which obviously translates (and can be verified in most cases) into leads in several high ECV states. Could it get closer if she loses one or two early contests? Absolutely - especially if Obama wins both and gets an Edwards endorsement, or others. It MAY even get close enough that she will lose if she continues to do poorly - but I can't imagine a scenario where either of those two would drop out, or deserve being written off, until after Feb's super duper slate.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:28 PM
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47. In YOUR dreams
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:42 PM
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9. Then you vote for Kucinich.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:44 PM
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12. Stalemate, unless Obama wins South Carolina over Edwards.
Since he's in a good position to win all three of the first primaries, I'm guessing Obama will be in the race for the long haul, no matter what happens.
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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16. I think if Edwards loses Iowa, he's out. Period.
I believe despite the current poll numbers, Edwards will win Iowa.

But if Obama wins it, he's done. Finished.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:48 PM
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28. Not if he's a close second and does well in NH. n/t
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:49 PM
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31. If he's a close second, you're right. Otherwise, he's done.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:44 PM
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14. What if Edwards wins SC?
On to Super Tuesday!

And who comes in second, and what's the percentage splits?

Say Obama wins IA with 32, and Edwards pulls in 30 and Clinton pulls in 30, with the rest going to Kucinich...that's different than if he blows away the competition with fifty percent of the vote.
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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22. My god, that'd be insanely weird.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:42 PM
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61. It would make the first three 'freak shows' and throw it all on SUPER TUES. NT
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:49 PM
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33. If Iowa and NH split HRC/BO - the SCers could decide to become 'important'
Edited on Mon Dec-03-07 12:50 PM by MethuenProgressive
And that'd be quite interesting to watch!
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:45 PM
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15. It would be a healthy situation
Whoever emerges the eventual nominee from a truly competitive and hotly contested primary race will be all the stronger a candidate for it. I am hoping we DO have some true competition in this primary season, and that the contest goes on longer than it did in 2004. Whoever has to fight their way to the eventual nomination will emerge more powerful and stronger for having put up the fight.

Plus, keeping the race alive longer prevents Republicans from building their slime campaign early. Keep 'em guessing and running around like chickens with their heads cut off wondering which wonderful, strong Democratic candidate their measly wimps will be up against.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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17. Then we wait till ALL the Democrats get to vote.
What a wonderful idea!
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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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20. Don't know, but it will be good for democracy
No coronation, following primaries will be very important, further scrutiny of candidates, all that rot.
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theoldman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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21. A win in Iowa is far more important than a win In NH.
If Obama wins in Iowa I see him surging ahead of Clinton. Many people change their minds after these first two elections. They want to appear to be supporting a winner.
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:51 PM
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36. Not to NH voters. It's as if Iowa doesn't exist.
I doubt you'll find a single NH voter swayed by the Iowa result.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:43 PM
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50. So then how did Kerry win New Hampshire?
Seems to me that if the Iowa results didn't matter, Dean should have won New Hampshire. If you want to argue that he was killed by "the scream" then that's understandable. Based on your logic, Lieberman or Clark should've been the natural alternatives to Dean considering they skipped Iowa and put it all on New Hampshire.

Kerry had absolutely nothing going for him other than the fact that he won Iowa. Edwards came in a strong second in Iowa and that's likely how he got his third place victory in New Hampshire over Clark and Lieberman.
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:49 PM
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53. "Kerry had absolutely nothing going for him other than the fact that he won Iowa."
You know, of course, Massachusetts borders NH, shares major TV and newspaper markets, and has a melded population with New Hampshire? The people of New Hampshire knew John Kerry. He had *that* going for him. NH folks think very highly of their primary election importance. The other states are just that - others.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:07 PM
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57. Polling didn't seem to reflect that
http://americanresearchgroup.com/nhpoll/demtrack /

Kerry was about 9 points behind Dean and in a statistical dead heat with Clark until Iowa. After Iowa Kerry went into a double digit lead. Edwards was polling in single digits in New Hampshire before Iowa, and went into a statistical dead heat with Clark after Iowa.

I don't know how drastic changes like that can be explained any other way besides that Kerry and Edwards got a great week of momentum from Iowa and Clark had a week of absolutely nothing.

Iowa may have less influence on New Hampshire than it has on other states, but it has influence.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:56 PM
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64. People in NH like the attention at primary season. They play the
undecided card long after they're decided. I'd wager alot of those UNDECIDEDS were actually decided long before they stepped into the polling booth--and certainly if there were a fellow New Englander on the card. Of course they were gonna vote for Kerry. But if they said that, it wouldn't be a race, and the excitement would be gone. That excitement brings cash to the state--people instinctively know that it benefits the economy.

I would have been shocked if Kerry didn't win. While Dean's state borders NH as well, there isn't as much cross pollination, and the bulk of the NH population nestles along the MA, not the VT border.

IA may influence NH, but NOT when there is a New Englander in the race. A Muskie, a Tsongas, a Dukakis, a Kerry, a JFK, will all do well in NH because they go for what they know. Seriously--check the history. About the only border boy who didn't win was Teddy Kennedy, who was challenging incumbent Jimmy Carter at reelection AND had that Chappaquiddick stink all over himself. He was the exception that proved the rule--every other Democratic candidate who was a New Englander in recent memory, with Massachusetts taking priority, has won NH if they ran.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 06:16 PM
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66. Chris Dodd should win New Hampshire by your logic
Don't see that happening.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 06:38 PM
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67. No. You're forgetting ROMNEY. Former MA governor, with a multimillion dollar vacation home
in NH. MA always trumps other NE states, if more than one NE candidate is involved. That's why Kerry beat Dean. MA beats VT because more of the NH population borders MA. The NH - VT border is very rural.

Romney is such a fuck, though, he just might break the paradigm. If not Romney, I say (drum roll) McCain, actually. They like him up there.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 09:02 PM
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71. The Democratic Primary and the Republican Primary are two seperate primaries
What you are basically telling me is that the New Hampshire primary is ABOVE ALL ELSE decided by a large group of independent voters free to vote in either primary that always break for the candidate from Massachusetts no matter what party he or she is from. I don't believe that for a second.

It may be a factor and may have indeed helped Kerry out but I don't believe it disproves that 8 days of great press for Kerry and Edwards from Iowa really helped them out in New Hampshire and that Clark and Dean lost significant ground because of no press in Clark's case and bad press in Dean's case.

Kerry took virtually all of his money out of New Hampshire and put it into Iowa several weeks before the caucus. His hope was that Iowa would launch him to a victory in New Hampshire. I'm not saying that the strategy didn't take into account that Kerry would be favorable to New Hampshire because he was a New Englander. I'm saying that a third or fourth place showing in the Iowa Caucus and there's not a chance in hell he would've won New Hampshire.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 10:06 PM
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72. Kerry won NH because he was from MA. That's why Tsongas, JFK,
and Dukakis won. Dodd has insufficient profile, and even though CT is a NE state, it isn't contiguous with NH and they're considered a bit snobby. Plus, Dodd is living in IA and has been for months in a rented house. His kid is in school in IA.

Muskie won because NH and ME are contiguous. Bottom line though, MA beats VT in NH. MA would likely beat ME too. ME beats VT, though--it has to do with population densities along the border, as well as highway corridors.

We'll see. I think Romney will win NH on the GOP side. He's spent enough. If not him, McCain. I think Clinton will probably win on the Dem side, if nothing changes between now and primary day. If not her, Obama, who has some quietly aggressive volunteers up there. I would be surprised if Edwards won. His ads are good, but they aren't tailored to the region.

Kerry took all his dough out of NH because they KNOW him there, and it was quite easy for those of us volunteering for him to DRIVE UP THERE every day--hell, those of us in the northern part of MA were 35 minutes from Manchester, tops, in bad weather, and only a bit more to Concord. You can get all over hell in NH fairly easily thanks to the beautifully plowed 93 and 95.

Kerry didn't HAVE to work it in NH, because he'd already worked it, too. NH voters saw him on TV every day, over the course of years. He had Ted endorsing him. He was a known quantity, not a new guy. We in MA and NH share the same TV stations, to no small extent. I get both NH and MA stations in northern MA. The people in heavily populated southern NH get the same coverage. NECN, the regional cable news that runs round the clock, covers NH and MA heavily--VT and CT less so.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 10:17 PM
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73. We'll have to agree to disagree
Dean and Clark were the two leading candidates in New Hampshire until Iowa. Kerry's rise was just too much too fast for me to believe that Iowa had nothing to do with it.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 06:52 AM
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77. Yeah, guess we will.
All I can say is, if Jean Shaheen were running, I'd vote for her in the primary. It's a quid pro quo thing we have up this way.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:46 PM
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62. Look at the damned MAP!!!!!! THAT's how he won NH.
He would have won NH if he came in LAST in IA.

We're very local hereabouts. The accent is the same, the attitude similar, the NH folk more conservative in some regards, but there is a LOT of 'cross pollination.' We're the entertainment district for NH--they're our bedroom community.

If Romney doesn't win NH on the GOP side, since he has a million dollar vacation home there on a lake, I'll putz!
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:54 PM
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63. Look at the polls I posted below
Dean was leading by a wide margin before Iowa and Kerry was in a statistical tie with Clark, a non New-Englander.

If what you're saying is true, Kerry should have been much better off before Iowa. Regional politics may have something to do with it, but it doesn't mean that New Hampshire isn't influenced by Iowa. Kerry and Edwards gained significantly in New Hampshire following their strong showings in Iowa.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 03:02 PM
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65. See my post sixty four above--if a New Englander runs, a New Englander wins, always.
And if TWO New Englanders run, Massachusetts beats any other NE state in NH.

It's just history. Tsongas, Dukakis, Muskie, John Kennedy, Kerry, everyone but Teddy, who was trying to bust an incumbent with Chappaquiddick hanging over his head.

Like I said--if Romney doesn't win NH, I will be VERY surprised. Hell, he spent more time in NH during his governorship than he did in MA--and that is NOT a joke. He owns a HUGE house in NH...on a lovely lake.

Regional/local politics applies in IA too. Harkin, Gephardt...
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Nimrod2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:46 PM
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23. America wins!
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ripple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 10:37 PM
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74. If Obama wins Iowa, he'll probably be at least 2nd in NH
Edited on Mon Dec-03-07 10:46 PM by ripple
He'll be the first to grab the priceless media momentum. Even if Hillary wins NH, her inevitability will be seriously questioned and the voters that would have otherwise stayed at home will make their way to the polls.

Hillary will likely win Nevada and possibly SC, but even so, it won't be enough to make her the presumptive nominee. February 5th will be when the arrow decidedly tilts toward the nominee.


On edit: Sorry, this was intended to be a response to the OP. Not that I mind speculating with a fellow Obama supporter. We can do this, I'm sure of it. Obama has people on the ground in all 20 of the 'Super Duper Tuesday' states. In fact, I believe he's the only candidate doing that at this point. :toast:
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Nimrod2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 12:02 PM
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81. I am thinking he is going to win both!
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:51 PM
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34. Hillary is the nominee...
She has a solid lead in South Carolina and Nevada the next two states...
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PresidentObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 12:55 PM
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39. She would win Nevada easily, but I'm not sure about South Carolina.
You could be right though.
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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:12 PM
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42. The momentum though would all be Hillary's
I am not saying that Iowa is unimportant, obviously it is. But what makes it important is that it gives a boost to whoever wins the first contest out of the gate. If that boost is not big enough to put Obama over the top in New Hampshire, then the momentum shifts to Clinton. Far more people vote in New Hampshire than in Iowa, and New Hampshire is a straight out election without that second choice viability wheeling and dealing Iowa is noted for.

Even if Obama won South Carolina, that might be explained partially as being due to the large percentage of Blacks who vote there, disproportionate to most states. Hillary would almost certainly win Nevada if she won New Hampshire. In an early back and forth victory scenario Hillary wins, barring some major slip up, because she is far ahead in National polls and in most big states.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:21 PM
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43. My prediction
Edwards & Dodd endorse Obama.
Biden & Richardson endorse Clinton.
Kucinich waits for the convention and backs the candidate chosen at the convention.
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:25 PM
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44. In the case you lay out, Hillary would go on to win 35-40 states
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ilovesunshine Donating Member (289 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:26 PM
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45. Swimsuit competition!
*giggles*
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:26 PM
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46. Get a new fan
because the shit's gonna hit it.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:54 PM
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54. Depends on margin of victory, expectations, spin, etc...
If Obama spends the days between Iowa and New Hampshire constantly repeating the phrase "Hillary has a large lead in New Hampshire for most of the campaign season and my victory is by no means a sure thing" a strong second place in New Hampshire for him will be a lot stronger than if he spends the days in between telling people that he has New Hampshire in the bag.

Obama doesn't have to win New Hampshire, but he needs to give the impression that he has surpassed expectations there in order to keep momentum in his corner. The headlines the next day need to say "Frontrunner Clinton, barely eeks out a New Hampshire win over newcomer Obama" and not "Senator Clinton wins strong victory in New Hampshire primary despite Obama's success in Iowa".

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Tejanocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 01:56 PM
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56. President Romney?
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Carrieyazel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:30 PM
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59. That scenario isn't going to happen.
But if that were the case, then Hillary would take the nomination, I'm afraid.
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ilovesunshine Donating Member (289 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 02:32 PM
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60. And, Bill Richardson could become the VP hopeful. nt
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Life Long Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 06:47 PM
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68. I'll tell you
Then we go up to Super Tuesday, and see who is the front two candidates. If it is Obama and Clinton, then everyone (other than Obama's supporters)switches to Obama. If it is Edwards then everyone switches to Edwards. This is so Clinton does not take advantage of splitting the votes between Obama and Edwards and comes out as the winner. We switch to one candidate and take Clinton in the home stretch! :woohoo:
Anytime between 1/26 and Super Tuesday Feb. 5th.

Hillary said today. This is a tight race. This will go right to the finish line! She wants it that way. Go figure.
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Robbins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 07:03 PM
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69. Primarys
If Obama wins Iowa don't count him out In New Hampshere and South Carolina.Hillary will win Nevada.
Thing to remember If Edwards and Biden drop after Iowa,and Dodd drops out after New hamphserie,and
Richardson Is out after Nevada most of there supports could go to Obama.Remember 2004 Dean was leading good In New Hampshere untill Kerry won Iowa.Iowa changed the race.It also made Edwards the
alternate to Kerry.
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Life Long Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 07:50 PM
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70. Yeah Dean was way up there in NH.
I remember in the upper 50 percent range. But then after he dropped out we all got behind Kerry. The main thing is for all to drop out except for the clear winning opponent to Clintonn. She is already playing the division game. She said today that this is going to be a tight race all the way up to the finish line. Go figure.
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BenDavid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 11:22 PM
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75. Then what? HRC goes ahead as all the national polls
have indicated and runs the board on Obama and Edwards. Also said that by the 15th of Feb. HRC will have a majority of delegates to be the dem nominee. There is no change in that even if obama happens to win in Iowa...

Ben David
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Imagevision Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-03-07 11:30 PM
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76. Why would anyone think Hillary's chances of winning Iowa & New Hampshire have
grown in the past month. Hillary should wish she comes in second at least?!? Iowans' polled last week had Hillary @ the # 3 spot...
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fightindonkey Donating Member (674 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 08:34 AM
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80. Nope. Not True
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 07:25 AM
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78. Then we'll see what happens in Nevada
I hope Feb 5 ties them all up in knots. But I fear it'll be all over then. :(
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sampsonblk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 07:45 AM
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79. Unless she melts down somehow, she will will big in SC
And then it will be all over.
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