According to Fox News, polls just prior to the Iowa caucuses show Edwards, Obama, and Clinton are in a three way tie. Anyone could come out tonight’s winner. All candidates, but Kucinich, express optimism regardless of tonight’s outcome.
Today’s campaigning began early, as the culmination of a week of intense campaigning in Iowa. All candidates are grasping for undecided voters. The number of undecided voters is relatively high this year, making pollsters and political watchdogs hesitant to make predictions on Iowa caucus results.
Their campaign machines have been busy, too. Citizens of Iowa were bombarded with phone calls vying for a last minute decisions before the caucus. Campaigners were on the streets, knocking on doors, and meeting people in public places.
Clinton’s campaign has contracted with daycares across Iowa to provide childcare for single parents who intend to go to the caucus. Obama has consistently urged his supporters to get to the polls this week. Some pundits speculate that the greater the turn out on caucus night, the better Obama’s results. Edward’s has a strong base of support in Iowa, but needs over 100,000 supporters to show up at caucus meetings to pull the results based on pre-caucus polls.
At 6:30, Iowa voters go in to individual caucus meetings to publicly declare which presidential candidate they support. The Iowa caucus takes place in small meetings in homes, schools and libraries throughout the state. Voters in the assembly publicly declare whom they support.
Traditionally, the key to continuing competitively out of Iowa is coming in first or second in the Iowa caucus. Political pundits speculate that third place on the Democrat’s ticket may still be presidential contenders. The dynamics of the 2008 campaign seem to hinge day to day on national security and personal charisma.
There are other pressing issues in the presidential election, but among democrats they must decide between whom they most favor and who they think has a chance to win the White House from republicans.
Prior to caucus day, Obama and Clinton have been neck and neck in Iowa poll results. Now, only minutes before voting on caucus night, Edwards has pulled into a three-way tie in Iowa polls.
Pre-caucus polls will give some indication of caucus results, but the way a caucus is set up allows voters to change their mind in the midst of the caucus process.
Real time Iowa caucus results will begin to pour in within a couple of hours of the caucus.