December 25, 2003

AIMING FOR 50, WINNING THE 51ST:

Dean's 50-state strategy (Jules Witcover, Dec 24, 2003, Baltimore Sun)

The significance of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's decision to finance his campaign without federal money is emerging in a 50-state strategy designed to outgun the rest of the 2004 Democratic presidential field.

While the eight other Democratic candidates focus on next month's kickoff Iowa precinct caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Dr. Dean's self-financed campaign is already staffing and planning heavy spending in many states beyond the opening round of delegate-selecting contests.

The ambitious initiative is patterned after the successful 50-state strategy of another small-state governor and early Democratic long shot, Jimmy Carter of Georgia in 1976. Mr. Carter scored a breakthrough in Iowa and New Hampshire and was never caught afterward.


Can one be forgiven for assuming, based just on the headline, that Mr. Witcover was going to be writing about how Howard Dean is trying to lose all 50?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 25, 2003 2:24 PM
Comments

Had Mr. Whitcover's name not appeared right below the headline, I would have agreed.

Posted by: John at December 25, 2003 8:37 PM
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