Iowa Caucus Results
Mike Huckabee 34%
Mitt Romney 25%
Fred Thompson 14%
John McCain 13%
Ron Paul 10%
Barack Obama 37.53%
John Edwards 29.88%
Hillary Clinton 29.41%
Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee pulled off commanding victories over the other contenders in their parties for the kickoff to the official start of Campaign 2008. This wasn't a completely unheard of possibility with where the two of them have been polling over the last two weeks or so. In my opinion the surprise comes in John Edwards placing second, edging out Hillary Clinton by the narrowest of margins. On the other side, Fred Thompson making a respectable 3rd place showing caught me by surprise given his late entry into the race. But the even bigger surprise was Ron Paul managing to eek out a spot in the top 5, not that far behind Fred.
Though important, it's not a guarantee that a victory in Iowa is going to mean anything for your chances in November. There are still plenty of contests left to be had, and Hillary is still polling ahead of the other Democrats nationally. For Obama this is exactly the shot in the arm his campaign needed to prove that he's a true contender. Life is looking pretty good all around if you're a left wing supporter. Huckabee is certainly no conservative if you examine his record in any level of detail so the libs have got to be pretty pleased with these results.
Few people may realize that the next leg in the contest is 2 days away with the Wyoming Republican caucus. It got moved up during the big shuffle for the first spot as both partied began inching things up and several states wanted to move their primaries earlier on the calendar to get more attention. It's the first contest in line where actual committed delegates will be chosen, and is expected to be an indication of who more conservative voters would like to see win. Democrats have chosen to keep their Wyoming primaries in March.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil
Well. I guess that's that then.
I'm rather pleased by the fact that Hillary got shot down a couple of notches, though I can't envision John Edwards any more pleasantly than I can Hillary.. Guess we'll see how this all plays out, though I'm still thinking Ron Paul's got a real shot here. Either way, it'll be an interesting race for a change at least.
I'm quite amused at how Hillary got taken down a notch. It just proves that when people say they don't like her, they really don't like her. They think Obama is better for them but in the end it makes no difference. They're all socialists in disguise. Including Huckabee.
I've been leaning toward the Fred Thompson camp because his stand on conservatives issues, the border, and immigration makes the most sense. I just wish he'd step up and be more active and self promoting. I'd really like to see him come away with a victory. He could even pick Ron Paul as his VP and I'd be happy - as long as he kept Ron out of the military stuff.