Among Front-runners, Obama Logs Most Iowa Days
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has long been considered the man investing the most of his candidacy in Iowa, as he visited the state frequently in 2005 and 2006, between his presidential runs and continues to have his strongest poll numbers there.
But a tally from the Des Moines Register of the candidates' campaigning in the state show that the most active in the state may be Barack Obama, who is increasingly tying the fate of his run to a strong showing there. Obama has 145 paid staff, has campaigned in the state 51 days, and opened 31 campaign offices, compared to 130 staffers, 49 days in Iowa and 15 offices for Edwards, who has visited more of the state's 99 counties than Obama. Hillary Clinton has 131 staffers and 22 offices, but has spent only 37 days in the state that is scheduled to vote first. Obama has all also spent by far the most money on advertising in the state among the three.
The numbers also illustrate what has become clear in recent months: the Democrats have more riding the Iowa results than the Republicans, because they have invested so much there. According to the Register, the nine Republican candidates combined have 126 staffers in the state and 11 campaign offices. Meanwhile, not only one are the leading Democratic contenders heavily invested in Iowa, but so are some of the less prominent candidates. Joe Biden has spent 57 days there, almost double the 33 days of the leading Republican in the state according to polls, Mitt Romney.
--Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post editors
October 25, 2007; 1:23 PM ET
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