Wednesday | June 11, 2003
Cattle Call 2004: 6/11
Last week's rankings: 1) Gephardt, 2) Kerry, 3) Dean, 4) Graham, 5) Lieberman, 6) Edwards, 7) Sharpton, 8) Kucinich, and 9) Moseley-Braun.
This week's rankings:
1. Dick Gephardt
Still, he can't rest on his laurels. His Iowa numbers continue to look good (the real race is for second place), and NH doesn't really matter (for him). The Feb. 2 races haven't been polled extensively, but once they are, we'll have a better idea of how his candidacy is playing in those critical (for him) states.
And, Gephardt needs a clean Iraq victory to help ease anger amongst the anti-war crowd. It's not looking good in that department.
2. Howard Dean
But much will depend on those all-important Q2 fundraising totals. Remember, all the low-hanging fruit has been picked. While all the candidates needs a strong showing, Dean's numbers are some of the most important (only Lieberman has more at stake). $2.6 million won't cut it this quarter.
3. John Kerry
He's still in solid enough ground that he could turn things around. Remember, it really still is early. But at some point things are going to have to change. Perhaps an internal shakeup is in order? Or maybe a week off from campaigning to regroup and find some new energy.
4. Bob Graham
5. Joe Lieberman
The latest NH poll has him eeking ahead of Gephardt for the all-important third slot in that state. So, not a gangbusting week, but better than most recent.
6. John Edwards
8. Al Sharpton
9. Carol Moseley-Braun
Others: Clark (might join the race late. Draft movement has received FEC clearance.)Posted June 11, 2003 06:53 AM | Comments (392)