Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


Edwards, Brownback Campaigning in Iowa the Most

Bookmark and Share

It has been said John Edwards' bid for the Democratic presidential nomination begins (and ends) in Iowa. Edwards is trailing Hillary Clinton in every national poll by at least 30 points and Barack Obama by about a dozen points. Edwards remains competitive in Iowa in part due to the frequent visits he has made to the Hawkeye State.

According to the political website IowaPolitics.com Edwards has visited Iowa more than any other Democratic candidate—34 times from November 2004 through last week. Obama has had 25 campaign visits to Iowa with Joe Biden visiting 21 times. Clinton has received the most bang for her buck—leading in Iowa state polling, but with only just over half (19) the number of visits as Edwards. Chris Dodd also visited 19 times, followed by Bill Richardson (16) and Dennis Kucinich (3).

On the Republican side, ex-candidate Tommy Thompson, who exited the race after a disappointing Iowa Straw Poll performance in August visited Iowa 39 times. Of the current crop of active candidates, Sam Brownback has visited the most—35 times—but cannot gain any traction in the state. The recent American Research Group poll measured only 2 percent support for the Kansas Senator.

Mitt Romney, who leads in all Iowa polling, has visited Iowa 31 times, with his sons doing a county-by-county trek across the state campaigning on his behalf. Mike Huckabee (21 visits) and Tom Tancredo (19 visits) are also viewed to need strong performances in the Iowa Caucuses to continue their campaigns. On Monday Tancredo stated he would cease his bid for the Republican nomination if he did not finish in at least 3rd place in either Iowa or New Hampshire.

Rounding out the Republican field, John McCain has visited 16 times, followed by Rudy Giuliani (11), Duncan Hunter (6), Ron Paul (3) and Fred Thompson (3).

Previous post: Clinton Unable To Pull Away from GOP in WI
Next post: Presidential Politics in Minnesota: A Historical Overview

2 Comments


  • Uh, actually Biden has spent more days in Iowa than Edwards. Get your facts straight.

    Sincerely,

    An Iowan

  • What is your source of information that Biden has spent more time in Iowa? As the blog entry indicates, I'm citing IowaPolitics.com which tracks days of campaigning for each candidate in Iowa.

  • Leave a comment


    Remains of the Data

    Gender Equality in the US House: A State-by State Quarter-Century Report Card (1989-2014)

    A study of 5,325 congressional elections finds the number of female U.S. Representatives has more than tripled over the last 25 years, but the rate at which women are elected to the chamber still varies greatly between the states.

    Political Crumbs

    Final Four Has Presidential Approval

    By edging Michigan in the final seconds Sunday, the University of Kentucky guaranteed that one school in the Final Four this year would be located in a state that was not carried by President Barack Obama in 2012. (Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin had previously earned Final Four slots over the weekend). Across the 76 Final Fours since 1939, an average of 3.1 schools have been located in states won by the president's ticket during the previous election cycle. All four schools have come from states won by the president 29 times, with the most recent being the 2009 Final Four featuring Connecticut, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Villanova. On 30 occasions three Final Four schools have been located in states won by the president, with two schools 11 times and only one school six times (the most recent being 2012 with Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ohio State). There has never been a Men's NCAA Division I Final Four in which no schools were located in states carried by the president's ticket.


    Three for the Road

    A new Rasmussen Poll shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a dead heat with likely 2014 Democratic nominee Mary Burke. Walker is seeking to win his third consecutive election after prevailing in 2012's recall contest. Eight of his predecessors accomplished this feat: Republicans Lucius Fairchild (in 1869), Jeremiah Rusk (1886), Robert La Follette (1904), Emanuel Philipp (1918), John Blaine (1924), Walter Kohler (1954), Warren Knowles (1968), and Tommy Thompson (1994). Three others Badger State governors lost on their third campaign: Democrat George Peck (1894), Progressive Philip La Follette (1938), and Republican Julius Heil (1942). One died in office before having the opportunity to win a third contest (GOPer Walter Goodland in 1947) while another resigned beforehand (Democrat Patrick Lucey in 1977 to become Ambassador to Mexico). Overall Wisconsin gubernatorial incumbents have won 35 of 47 general election contests, or 74.5 percent of the time.


    more POLITICAL CRUMBS

    Humphrey School Sites
    CSPG
    Humphrey New Media Hub

    Issues />

<div id=
    Abortion
    Afghanistan
    Budget and taxes
    Campaign finances
    Crime and punishment
    Economy and jobs
    Education
    Energy
    Environment
    Foreign affairs
    Gender
    Health
    Housing
    Ideology
    Immigration
    Iraq
    Media
    Military
    Partisanship
    Race and ethnicity
    Reapportionment
    Redistricting
    Religion
    Sexuality
    Sports
    Terrorism
    Third parties
    Transportation
    Voting