Hillary Clinton does not have Iowa won at this point. First of all if you put stock in polls, which I do not, she is in a statistical dead heat with Senator Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards in Iowa. The latest Des Moines Register poll does have Clinton at 20, Edwards at 23 percent and Obama in third at 22 percent. Until I see polling that is consistent and has Mrs. Clinton gaining ground the race is still neck and neck in my eyes. My experience is that young, idealistic folks are the ones here in Iowa who are supporting Barack Obama here and around the country. I think Mrs. Clinton seems to get a lot of her support from the elderly and those who work for high schools as teachers. She received a very warm response at the AARP forum in Davenport. Note that I did not say college professors. They view Mrs. Clinton as another tool of the corporate machine. A call that I got from the Clinton campaign last night was touting her plan to guarantee a 401 k plan for everyone. Frankly, I didn’t even get to hear the guy who was working for her campaign defend the plan because when I admitted I definitely was not going to caucus for her he did not want to waste his time with me anymore. Clinton has raised the most money from the state of Iowa in the Democratic field of the candidates who are still in the race.
Mrs. Clinton has the most endorsements from the legislature in Iowa with sixteen thus far. Senator Obama comes in w second with eleven in this category while Senator Biden comes in with an impressive total of ten, just having picked up the support of Iraq war veteran McKinley Bailey (D-Webster City). Historically, these endorsements have not met much, but Obama did pick up the endorsement of former Iowa Democratic Party Chair Gordon Fischer who probablu has the most connections of any of these endorsers. Edwards picked up an endorsement from the Iowa Service Employees International Union. While Hillary Clinton picked up the support of the Iowa Federation of Teachers; Senator Dodd seems to be gaining ground due to his support from the largest fire fighter union in the country.
Obama has the most field offices in Iowa and seemingly boots on the ground. This is proven by the fact that Senator Obama has two campaign offices in my home county alone. This is compared to other candidates like Chris Dodd who only has eleven offices in the state total, which is a very respectable amount. According to the non-partisan Politics1 website as far as over all campaigning in my state Senator Edwards leads the pack for having visited all ninety nine counties. He is followed by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who has been to at least seventy nine Iowa counties. Barack Obama has been to fifty nine of our stops. Senator Clinton has only been to thirty nine counties.
People like Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel have seemingly very little campaign apparatus here in Iowa and they register between 0-3 percent respectively depending upon which poll you read. As I’ve written upon previously they were not included as guests to the Harkin Steak Fry which is a huge event for Iowa Democrats. The dark horses in the race appear to be Governor Bill Richardson and Senator Chris Dodd who seem to be running well recieved ads and pushing the most aggressive withdrawal plans from Iraq, but linger between five and seven percent in most polls. Senator Biden has been pushing his plan on how to deal with the Iraq conflict, but recently had a set back within his campaign due to an incident that took place in a Des Moines high school where he was not well received.