Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Republicans for Hillary
--Eric Bloom, 360 Producer

How well Clinton performs in Iowa could have dramatic impact on the Republican race. Here's why:

McCain's campaign comes down to winning New Hampshire, and his biggest advantage over the GOP field is his appeal to independents. McCain and Obama are the two most appealing candidates for independents in New Hampshire, with most polls showing Obama as their first choice.

But if Clinton wins Iowa, some independents might see a vote for Obama as being less meaningful and look at the next best option -- McCain. If independents gravitate toward McCain, he could win New Hampshire.

Another candidate who might benefit is Rudy Giuliani. An early successful strategy was to attack Clinton repeatedly during the debates. One of his strongest arguments was that he was most prepared to beat her. But as the democratic race became muddled, Giuliani's tactic has been undercut.

So if Clinton wins Iowa it could help resurrect Giuliani.
Posted By CNN: 11:21 AM ET
  4 Comments
Eric,
Well all I'll say is let's hope Hillary loses in Iowa!! Giuliani to me ought to be a democrat at the way he lines up on things! And McCain is a bit harsh to take! But of the two McCain wins in my book by a landslide!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 11:39 AM ET
I guess we will just have to wait until tomorrow to get the answers to those questions.
Since I'm still a hedging undecided, all I can say is I'll wait and see what the future brings.

Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 11:41 AM ET
There are a lot of ifs in that piece. I think we should quit speculating and just see how it plays out.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 3:57 PM ET
Let's face it none of us know how this is going to turn out. Polls have been wrong before and since the polls show the top runners so close to each other its anyone's guess at this point.

I'm hoping for some surprises especially on the Democratic side. I expect we'll all be glued to the coverage tomorrow to see what develops.

Suzanne Williams
Knoxville TN
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 8:26 PM ET
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