In speaking to many party officials as well as loyal Democratic donors, the sense is that the race for the 2008 nomination is wide-open and volatile. Citing substance and electability, area Democrats most often picked Edwards as the candidate they would like to see at the top of the ticket in Missouri.
Edwards and Hillary Clinton were the only two candidates with visible campaign tables set up at the Clarion Hotel over the weekend. While Clinton clearly has support among a fair number of area Democrats, that support seems to be tepid as questions of her electability remain a concern. In other instances, she's a second choice -- to Edwards.
"I think there's a following for Hillary and Edwards here locally," said one Springfield Democratic official. "Obama has the progressive crowd, but that's a thin slice here," she said.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Unofficial poll has Edwards tops among southwest Missouri Democrats
KY3's political blog reports more support for John Edwards than for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama among southwest Missouri Democrats: