"Edwards had a good day by virtue especially of increasing support among independent voters," Zogby said.
Edwards led narrowly among independents over Clinton and Obama, I believe, because Edwards is NOT from the corporate wing of the Democratic party.
According to a Politico essay, other signs of hope boost Edwards' chances in Iowa:
Edwards also comes into the Jan. 3 caucuses with particular advantages... Edwards’ campaign boasts the most deeply rooted rural operation, allowing it to possibly win small precincts across the state that could prove crucial in the final tally.
Politico continues to point out that this is buttressed in
Polling by The Washington Post [which has] found that Edwards has the most support among those voters who participated in the 2004 Democratic caucuses, no small advantage for an election that measures a high turnout at 120,000 participants statewide.
Another advantage identified by Politico...
When Democrats were asked in the poll what mattered to them in deciding their vote, 32 percent said ideology, 30 percent chose charisma and 21 percent selected experience.
Clinton has campaigned on her experience, and if the election turns on ideology and charisma, it would seem to favor Obama and Edwards.
You Can Help Edwards Peak in Iowa on Jan. 3
1. Boost the Buzz with an e-mail to Iowa Media Outlets:
Contact the Des Moines Register to ... er, register your support of Edwards. There's nothing like a public outpouring to turn the heads of editors. Here's what I said:
Edwards is gaining ground. I support Edward because he's talking about "deep change," not superficial, corporate-sponsored "change."
Our Nation is faltering. We need a break from the status quo.
2. Pledge Your Support:
Women of Steel Pledge - CLICK to sign a pledge of support. United Steel Workers pledge page allows you to do as little as state your support, or more.
3. Contact the Edwards Campaign for More Ways to Help:
Iowa Edwards Campaign:
4. Let the Iowa Democratic Party Know you Support Edwards:
They're likely to pass you on to the Edwards Campaign, BUT, calls coming into the Democratic Party will add to buzz that adds to the momentum for Edwards.
Iowa Democratic Party:
Get Engaged via Edwards' Web Page:
Here's the Link to his Iowa page... the main page, and contribution page, are easy to find. Every $250 dollars is matched with public funds because Edwards has gone the public funding route.
Reuters, "Clinton leads in Iowa but Edwards gains," John Whitesides, December 31, 2007.