Snow Falls on Thompson's Dreams of an Iowa Upset
By Michael D. Shear
DES MOINES, Dec. 22--Another snowstorm plowed into Iowa on Saturday, dumping snow on the capital city starting at about noon and scrambling the plans of at least one presidential candidate.
Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson cancelled his events in Ames and Urbandale after being warned that he might not be able to fly out of the state if he waited until the end of the day. A cold front was expected to bring as much as 8 inches of snow to parts of the state by midnight.
Thompson is betting that a third place finish in Iowa -- ahead of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain, both of whom have abandoned the state -- will give him the momentum he needs to compete in New Hampshire and beyond.
Meanwhile, rival Republican Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, pushed forward with his events in Western Iowa, calling for a stronger military and a stronger families. Huckabee is trying to stage an upset in Iowa, where former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has seen his lead evaporate.
Romney and Giuliani spent the day in new Hampshire. McCain took the day off, spending the weekend in Arizona.
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