2008 What About Edwards?
posted by December 11 at 13:55 PMon
Jenny Durkan, the head of the John Edwards campaign here in Washington, has been on my case to stop suggesting it’s just a two-way race in Iowa (and around the country) between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Which means she’s going to have some issues with my new Obama feature in this week’s Stranger.
But today Durkan hit my in-box with a CNN poll that’s worth considering. The headline for the poll is that it found Republican Mike Huckabee going down to double-digit defeat nationally against all three of the top Democratic contenders. But the headline Durkan wishes you could seeŚher fantasy headlineŚwould include something about another finding from the poll:
Edwards performs best against each of the leading Republicans. In addition to beating Huckabee by 25 percent and McCain by 8 percent, the North Carolina Democrat beats Romney by 22 percentage points (59 percent to 37 percent) and Giuliani by 9 percentage points (53 percent to 44 percent).
If Democrats want to win — Edwards is their best chance… And on Russert this morning a GOP operative admitted — they would be happy with either Hillary or Obama, but that Edwards really is the one who scares them.
Naturally, the Edwards campaign has already posted the Russert clip on YouTube: