WASHINGTON (CNN)–The presidential candidates are trying to put their time and energy where it counts most this week — one year before Election Day - and less than two months before the first primary season contest.
Look for all the top Democrats to be in Iowa throughout the week, leading up to a must-attend dinner and fund-raiser with party activists on Saturday.
Iowa is the place where Hillary Clinton's Democratic rivals have the best, and maybe the only shot at stopping her. And she's showing new weakness after she got roughed up in the latest debate.
The Republican candidates are also branching out on the trail this week. With Mitt Romney leading polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, the former Massachusetts governor will hunt for votes in Florida and South Carolina.
Sen. John McCain spends two days in Iowa this week, where he's slipped in the polls, while underdog Mike Huckabee has surged to second place - ahead of, or tied, with national front-runner Rudy Giuliani.
Look for Giuliani to play catch-up in the lead-off caucus state later this week.
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- CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer