December 3rd, 2007
01:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Edwards campaign boasts of Iowa field advantage

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The campaign of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said Monday it had built up a daunting field advantage in Iowa – a state where, more than most, a candidate’s primary fortunes can rise and fall on the experience level of its volunteers. It also announced the endorsement of Rep. Bruce Braley, the first Iowa Democrat to officially back a primary candidate this cycle.

The Edwards campaign has trained at least two precinct captains each in more than 87 percent of caucus precincts, Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince said in a conference call.

Prince said that result is a “stark contrast to the organization we had last time,” when the relatively resource-poor Edwards managed to place a strong second in Iowa behind Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the eventual Democratic nominee. “Unlike all the other campaigns, we have a both deep and broad organization throughout the state,” said Prince.

The campaign also unveiled an ad calling for universal health insurance for children.

Edwards, who began his Iowa campaign with an advantage in that state because of his strong showing last cycle – and a core group of committed supporters who volunteered for him during that bid – has consistently placed near the top of the Democratic field there in most recent surveys, along with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. The three were essentially tied within the margin of error in the latest Des Moines Register poll, released this weekend.

Polling is notoriously difficult in Iowa, whose complicated caucus system means that fielding the most experienced set of precinct captains may be more important to a candidate than claiming the top spot in pre-vote surveys.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

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  1. Daniel, NY

    Given that the latest poll from Iowa released this morning has Edwards at 19%, I would not boast to much if I were him.

    December 3, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Corbett, Seattle WA

    There is one other huge difference between this primary and the last: Edwards is now a douche bag.

    December 3, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Betty,Rochester,N.H

    Good for him. If he doesn't win in Iowa like he said and drop out the race will endorse Obama and he will be a good vp.

    December 3, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl

    While not beginning to become rigored like Mr. Kucinich, you can hear the final gasps of a dying cause.

    December 3, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. elliott in NC

    Weenie Man. Weenie Man. Does whatever a weenie can....(sung to the tune of Spider Man)

    December 3, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    Although I support Obama, Edwards is clearly well organized and has solid support. He will likely finish first or second. The posts here writing him off are way off base.

    Clinton has peaked in Iowa because people are starting to see what the candidates really stand for and who they are. Clinton may not slide too much, but she isn't going to gain. And she is helping Obama with her obvious falsehoods. This is really good, because we can now see that since Obama can stand up to Clinton and the politics she learned from Karl Rove, the republicans will be a piece of cake. She's making the case for Obama very well.

    December 3, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids, MI

    Given that the latest poll from Iowa released this morning has Edwards at 19%, I would not boast to much if I were him.
    Posted By Daniel, NY : December 3, 2007 3:36 pm

    Two things:

    1. That Pew poll was in the field for 6 weeks(!), and has a margin of error of 6%. I wouldn't say it's very indicative of the current state of play in Iowa.

    2. It doesn't measure second choice preference, which is key in Iowa. If a candidate doesn't have 15% support at his caucus location, his/her supporters have to choose someone else. Most Iowa polls where second choice preference is questioned show Edwards with a big lead as a back-up choice.

    Getting those 2nd-choice votes from the "non-viable" candidates will require a good field team, which Edwards recognizes. He's talking up his team, much of which he began building for the 2004 caucuses, and he's trying to boost their morale heading into the final, crucial weeks of the Iowa process.

    If you're going to put your faith in pols, trust the Des Moines Register – they got it right picking Kerry and Edwards in 2004, when most national pollsters were picking Dean (who was my guy at the time).

    December 3, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Liberal Chic

    I feel kind of bad for Edwards. Though he is a trial lawyer, which I find distasteful, he is obviously a very bright man.

    I do think he could be the one (real) bipartisan candidate (not a lip synching one like Obama), but it appears history won't give him a second chance.

    If he does lose in Iowa, I hope at least he will go on to continued prosperity and a good life with wife and children.

    December 3, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    Just ignore the idiots...Stupid people voting for stupid things gave us stupid Bush. You'd think America would learn.

    Keep doing what you're doing, John Edwards...All the way to OUR White House!!!

    GO JOHN GO!!!

    December 3, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Jayne, Berkeley CA

    All of the responders appear to be about 10-12 years old...
    Do any of you have any REAL problem with John Edwards?
    I personally support him as a real populist & a person who cares about the union members & middle class citizens of the US of A. His own money allows him to be a non- corporate voice, and he actually believes in the Constitution, non-degraded.
    The media has control of everything in this election...don't be hypnotized.
    Go Edwards!

    December 3, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    John Edwards has the vision and plan to fight the special corporate interests that have a stranglehold on this country.

    A vote for John Edwards is a vote to take back this country for the middle class!

    December 3, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Lawrence michel Anaheim ca

    My dear democrate please i beg of you not to waste your votes on this dude he is part of the reason Bush is in office,John we like you but you are a weak candidate please go home

    December 4, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |