Aside from his book tour a month or so ago, former Democratic V.P. candidate John Edwards has been laying low, letting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton share the limelight for a while.
The Des Moines Register reported today that Edwards is by far the leader in a poll of likely participants in the first-in-the-nation caucus, the Iowa caucus. Edwards polled at 36%, with Hillary Clinton second at 16%. Barack Obama was third at 9% and favorite son, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack polled at 9%.
Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of last night's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll were some numbers that showed Edwards was the only Democratic hopeful to beat GOP frontrunner John McCain in a one-on-pairing. The Nation took a look at the numbers today.
McCAIN LEADS CLINTON IN LA TIMES POLL
McCain topped Clinton one-on-one in the WSJ/NBC Poll, 47% to 43%. And from the Los Angeles Times today comes a further indication of Clinton's possible weakness in a general election.
A Los Angeles Time/Bloomberg poll shows Clinton trailing McCain 50% to 36%.
Even more startling are Clinton's numbers again Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who hasn't shown a lot of oomph in recent poll on the GOP race. In the LA Times/Bloomberg poll, Clinton tops Romney by just 6 percentage points in a one-on-one faceoff.
In the same poll, outgoing New York Gov. George Pataki, who is weighing his chances for the GOP presidential nomination, was said to be a "great' governor by only 5% of New Yorkers. Some 46% said he was "so-so," while 38% said "good" and 9% called Pataki a "bad" governor.
OBAMA PAC GETTING SUPPORT OF 'THE LITTLE GUY'
The Chicago Tribune reports today that Barack Obama is gaining not only in recent polls, but in another measure of polularity - dontations. The paper says Obama's PAC has raised more than a million dollars this year, most of it from small donations from individual supporters.