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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Thompson out; Hillary to correct funds totals

Yes, I know Marcie said blogging would be light, if at all, but I couldn't resist these two stories before toddling off to bed. First, from Real Clear Politics and the Milwaukee FOX affiliate comes news that tommy Thompson has joined Jim Gilmore in retiring from the race:

Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race for the presidency in 2008 Sunday. He spoke with FOX 6's Ted Perry about his decision to drop out.Thompson told Perry, "I'm outta the race."

He says, "my campaign was completely shocked. We absolutely thought we were coming in second [at the Iowa Straw Poll]. We had no doubt in our minds. The worst we thought we'd come in was third and it didn't happen that way. Something happened between the 50-yard line and the goal line. They pulled a reverse on us and we didn't see it coming."Thompson says he's happy he got in the race. He brought many several issues to the forefront including Iraq.

While Thompson isn't endorsing any Republican candidate for president yet, he has been approached by some of them.

On Saturday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an expected victory with 4,516 votes, or 31.5 percent. He outpaced former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who had 2,587 votes (18.1 percent), and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, who finished third with 2,192 votes (15.3 percent).
Thompson had 1,039 votes, or about 7 percent.

We knew the also-rans would be dropping out soon, and when Ames was announced,a nd we saw the blitz that Mitt Romney put into the state, we knew that there'd be announcement within the couple of days following Ames. Sorry Tommy, but this wasn't your shot. You never had a chance.

Speaking of lost chances, Senator Clinton had to recant her fundraising totals based on mistakes made:

For Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, it was a monumental achievement: Her campaign announced in April that she had raised $26 million in the first quarter of the year, more than any other presidential candidate.

The tally was especially important because it nudged her past Senator Barack Obama, whose campaign reported a surprisingly strong $25.7 million, and allowed her to claim victory in the “money primary” that is widely viewed as an early test of endurance in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination.

But like a certain home run record, Mrs. Clinton’s big numbers might require an asterisk.

Her campaign has since had to subtract hundreds of thousands of dollars from its first-quarter total because of a variety of problems, including donors whose credit cards were mistakenly charged twice, contributions exceeding the legal limit and checks that bounced. As a result, her total was reduced to $25.6 million — dead even with Mr. Obama, whose first-quarter take also shrank, albeit to a lesser degree.

And in one important measure, the amount collected from individuals, it now appears that Mr. Obama surpassed Mrs. Clinton. Mrs. Clinton’s overall total included $236,000 from political action committees, while Mr. Obama did not accept money from PACs.

In a sense, the first-quarter results are a footnote to a political marathon that has already broken campaign financing records, and Mrs. Clinton’s accounting revisions amounted to a small fraction of what she raised. What is more, second-quarter results released last month showed Mr. Obama convincingly outpaced Mrs. Clinton from April to June, confirming him as a fund-raising force.

We have long believed that despite his two minor gaffes, and due entirely to his inexperience in government, especialyl at the federal level, Barack Obama is a serious contender for the Democrat nomination. He is charismatic, he attracts a lot of people, and he has the ability to beat the Clinton machine in the numbers game. Hillary will play this off as no big deal. Rasmussen. on the other hand, shows a different picture:

Still, Clinton remains extraordinarily popular among Democrats. Seventy-nine percent (79%) offer a favorable opinion of her including 39% with a Very Favorable opinion. Within her own Party, just 20% have an unfavorable opinion. For Obama, the reviews are solid, but not as spectacular—66% favorable and 23% unfavorable. Matching Clinton, Obama is now viewed Very Favorably by 39% of Democratic voters. For Clinton, these reviews are little changed from a week ago. For Obama, the number with an unfavorable opinion has declined somewhat.

Among all voters, Clinton is currently viewed favorably by 50% and unfavorably by 48%. Views of Clinton have remained evenly divided all year.

Too bad the nation isn't all Democrat, huh? She might actually have a shot, rather than the media-contrived one that's presented daily.

Publius II


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