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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Will Edwards Pull an Iowa Upset?

While John Edwards has been considered by much of the national media as the third man out in the in the juicy Clinton-Obama battle for the nomination, all of a sudden the former North Carolina senator is popping up in first place in a number of Iowa polls. And some analysts are even beginning to speak of an Edwards surge:

By local weather standards, it's a great Sunday morning. Bitter cold but no snow and no wind. And Alise Roderer, a young field organizer for the John Edwards campaign, is brightly encouraged by the tentative sunlight. Yesterday her volunteer canvass teams knocked on a thousand local doors. Today she hopes for the same.

"It's really, really important that you stress to the undecided that John Edwards is the most electable Democrat," she says to about 25 volunteers gathered in a steelworkers' union hall next door to the grimy Titan Tire factory.

The Edwards campaign is banking on the pent-up frustration of traditional and loyal Democratic voters, especially those in organized labor to muscle him to the top this week. "He's a strong Democrat and he's strong for labor," said 35 yr. old Robert Erwin, an Alabama steel worker in cammie pants and a baseball cap who came in to work this morning's Edwards phone bank in the union hall. Other union workers working the phones and getting ready to canvass hailed from California, Illinois and Wisconsin as well as some rubber workers from the Titan plant. Two college students from Seattle were running down phone lists to invite anyone who said "yes" to attend a Wednesday night John Mellencamp concert in support of Edwards.

John. . .Cougar. . .Mellencamp. . .? Hmmm. . .perhaps even I can be swayed . . .

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Blogger Larry said...

I'm an Edwards supporter for his stance for the working and the poor.

If Edwards pulls it off, it will be in spite of the slime of Hillary, and the glorification by the press of all things Hillary.

title="comment permalink">December 30, 2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

I'm tired of all the Hillary / Obama BS. Hopefully Edwards can stay above all that.

title="comment permalink">December 31, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I'm all for Edwards and I heard that many of those polled who are caucusing for Biden and Dodd's said that if they don't get the 15% needed, they'll switch over to Edwards. Those are the votes that might just pull him over the top.

I'm hoping for an Edwards, Obama, Hillary line-up (actually I'd rather have Hillary out of the pic altogether but I'm trying to be realistic).I'd like to see Edwards go into NH with a strong wind at his back.

title="comment permalink">December 31, 2007 10:40 PM  
Blogger Human said...

I would most likely vote for Sen. Edwards over any Republican. 'Cept my man Rep. Ron Paul.

title="comment permalink">January 01, 2008 11:11 AM  

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