Friday, January 04, 2008

I Owe . . . Uh . . . Hawkeyes!

According to CNN, Barack Obama has won Iowa.  He took 38% of the delegates, with Edwards's 30% and Clinton's 29% far ahead of the pack.  Interestingly, Bill Richardson took 4th with 2% and--my favorite speaker at Alito's confirmation--Joe Biden finished 5th with 1%.  Dodd, Gravel (who??), and Kucinich tied for last with 0%.  Dodd's and Biden's campaigns have reportedly given up the ghost.  With only 49 states left, Obama has the early lead.

With only 93% of Republican precincts reporting as of 11:21 p.m., Huckabee (34%) has a 9-point lead over conceded runner-up Romney (25%).  Thompson and McCain are basically tied for third (13%), with Ron Paul taking fifth (10%) and Rudolph taking sixth (4%).  Hunter--another candidate whom I don't know--has so far gathered 499 votes and one delegate to finish seventh.

I don't know how important Iowa will be in the long run, but it's exciting that Primary Season is starting.  Can't wait to see what happens next week in New Hampshire!


ALV said...

Hunter Thompson is a great conservative, but he really didn't stand a chance on this ballot with all the big names around him. I predict that this is Huckabee's one shining moment, which will soon fade... I think Obama will stay in the lead for a while, though. I'm a pretty hardcore right winger, and I rolled my eyes out of my head listening to (and yelling at) Hilary and Edwards give their banal and lifeless speeches tonight, but I gotta admit that Obama can talk good and stuff. The man was pretty captivating.
In other related news, if I can find it among all of the crap I brought back into town, I'm wearing my Hawkeye shirt tomorrow or monday. How topical!

Justin said...

Ms. ALV,

I hate to quibble over details, but Hunter S. Thompson is the author that wrote "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", and he is not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination.

U.S. Representative (R) Duncan Hunter, who is currently running President, is probably the name Mr. Masten is searching for.

ALV said...

LOL, yes, forgive me. I blame a serious sleep deprivation from a cold, NOT ignorance of either politics or "literature". Also, I blame seeing the name "Thompson" (referring of course to Fred) to make that horrible leap. :)