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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.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 25, 2007; 1:23 PM ET
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What has Hillary Clinton ever achieved for the citiziens of this country as senator? Can't think of much can you. Also, please remember Hillary clinton has the blood of American soldiers on her hands, she voted to go to war in Iraq.

To determine how Mr. Obama is doing in the race, go by actual fact, not polls.

Political polls this year are quite unreliable indicators -- especially in regard to Mr. Obama's success.

The truth is that Mr. Obama is running a record setting campaign. He is making history.

-- He has raised more money to date than any other candidate for President has ever done.

-- He has the most organized and invloved grassroots campaign going.

-- He is drawing more people to his rallys than any other candidate, probably in history.

-- He has the broadest voter support than any other candidate in the race. He has Independents, Republicans, Democrats, and people of all races and ages planning to vote for him in their primaries.

So you can't go by those unreliable national polls being done, you have got to go by the actual facts to see who is actually winning this race. Based on the facts -- Barack Obama is winning.

Obama '08

Posted by: AndreaT1 | October 25, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The media has the responsibility to report the number of undecided voters. The truth is that there are 60 percent-undecided voters in every poll. Therefore, the results are incorrect.


Posted by: neilhewitfrancis | October 25, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

PeterDC...Please, please be the first person to detail for me how Mrs. Clinton has more experience than Obama? No Hillary supporters who I have challenged on this BS point have been able to come up with an answer and quite a few have backed off their assertion when confronted with the facts that not only does Obama have more elected legislative experience, he shows a lot better JUDGMENT than Hillary on a whole host of issues.
She has more name recognition and that has gotten her to where she is - certainly not her policies, which are ripoffs of Edwards and Obama anyway. Please tell me how eight years picking China patterns and taking safaris with Chelsea has qualified her for the White House? Please tell me what substantive Senate bills that she's authored have been passed. Please tell me what she's hiding by sealing her papers and not releasing her 1040s and her list of earmarks for her carpetbagger-loving constituents in New York. Please, please tell me. I'm waiting.

Posted by: markiebee001 | October 25, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

So this makes it clear that Iowa Democrats are listening.

Since Hillary is leading in the polls in Iowa now as well as in the nation- it is increasingly clear that it isn't how many days you spend in the state but what you say while you are there.

Hillary's experience and her ability to reach voters is resonating across the nation. I first thought that the Washington Post poll that had her 30% ahead of Obama was a mistake. But now the LA Times/Bloomberg poll is showing the same thing. Clinton 48%, Obama 17% Edwards 13%.

It also shows that Clinton beats all Republican candidates by wider margins than either Obama or Edwards. I think as we move forward people will realize that Hillary is not only eminently electable- but that she will be our next President. I respect Obama and Edwards and the people who are working for them. I only hope that they will do what all the people I know who are working for Hillary will do and that is enthusiastically support the Democratic candidate whoever it ends up being.

The goal for Democrats in the end has to be to win the White House and increase our margins in the Congress. If we are united in the end we can do that.

Posted by: peterdc | October 25, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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