Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Did Bayh Drop Out Too Soon?
A new poll of Iowa Democrats shows Hillary Clinton finishing fourth behind former Sen. John Edwards (22%), Sen. Barack Obama (22%) and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack (12%). Sen. Clinton was favored by just 10% of those polled. The poll is also bad news for Gov. Vilsack, who Iowa Democrats know better than any of the candidates. Sen. John Kerry won the Iowa Caucus in 2004, and he can't be pleased with his non-show in this poll. While it's very early, it's a sign that front-runner Clinton may be vulnerable. If she stumbles in the early-going, the race could become wide open. You can't help but wonder whether Sen. Evan Bayh's early decision to drop out of the race was premature.