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31 DISCOVER PRONGHORN ANT ELOPE ON THE HIGH PL AINS WITH EXPERT GUIDES SHOWING YOU THE WAY FASTEST LAND ANIMALS TRACK DOWN ONE OF THE CONTINENT'S AND SEE WHAT A TROPHY HUNT IS ALL ABOUT In the early part of 2007, the most popular Demo- crats were Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Gore, John Kerry and John Ed- wards. Others attracting some attention were Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Tom Vilsack and Evan Bayh. Meanwhile, comedian Ste- phen Colbert also declared his candidacy. According to polls in the fall of 2007, he ranked fifth, slightly behind Joe Biden. By October, the frontrun- ners were Clinton, Edwards and Obama. They were ahead in both the polls and in fundraising. Further- more, according to virtu- ally all nationwide polling, Clinton was way ahead of the pack, so far ahead that most pundits believed she had the nomination locked up. That view prevailed into January 2008. Around the same time, a scandal began to devour John Edwards' campaign. Despite his denials, the National Enquirer revealed that he had been having an affair with Rielle Hunter and that she had given birth to their child. During the same period Ed- wards' wife announced that her breast can- cer had re- turned and that she was dying. The disclosure of Edwards' af- fair doomed his campaign, and at the end of January, 2008, he withdrew from the race. It's worth noting that on Janu- ary 3, 2008 he ran in the cru- cial Iowa caucus and drew 30 percent of the vote, enough for a second place finish. He came in behind the surprise winner, Obama, and ahead of the un- expected loser, Hillary Clinton. The outcome suggested Ed- wards was capable of winning the nomination. But once the scandal broke, his continuation in the race was impossible. Meanwhile, despite her third- place finish in Iowa, strategists maintained their prediction that Hillary Clinton would enjoy an easy victory and would be able to declare herself the nominee in early February after the big primary day known as Super Tuesday. Wrong again. Once the Super Tuesday votes were counted, Clinton and Obama were virtually tied. Over the next couple of months the tide shifted in Obama's favor and after the votes were tallied in the May 6th North Carolina and Indiana prima- ries, most pundits declared that Clinton no longer had any hope of winning the nomination. In early June, after the last of the primaries were held, Obama captured the nomination and Clinton conceded. Again, the early lead- er fizzled. However, Clinton's fizzle was drawn out, unlike Giuliani's early and swift descent. Before the DEMOCRAT primaries 2008 ‚ě§ continued,, pg 32

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