2008 Presidential Race Wide Open
January 2, 2008, 9:42 PM
By 10 p.m. Thursday America will have a better idea of who will be running for President this year. Candidates will be narrowed down by voters in Iowa, who will take part in the country's first caucuses. But the decision won't be easy because there is not a clear cut favorite in either the Republican or Democratic party.
The latest polls show at least five candidates could win the Presidential nomination from either party in Iowa Thursday. Republican Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are neck and neck and there is a three way tie for the Democratic bid between Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards. It means Thursday might be the most interesting caucus night Iowa has seen in awhile.
There are familiar names in this year's Presidential race, like former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former first lady Hillary Clinton. There are also some new names, like Democrat Barack Obama, and Republican Mike Huckabee, but so far no name is standing out as the favorite.
Rock Rapids Republican Precinct Chairman George Schneidermann says, "This is very unusual to have it open on both sides."
Both parties have a log-jam of candidates who want to be the next leader of the United States. George Schneidermann, who is the chairman of a Republican caucus in Rock Rapids, Iowa has been taking part in the process for 35 years. He says this may be the most wide open race in decades, and it's making the decision of selecting a candidate more difficult.
Schneidermann says, "For sure it's true on the Republican side and I think maybe on the Democratic side too and that is that there is a fair amount of indecision."
Meaning the caucuses and straw polls that happen in Iowa Thursday night could help one of those names stand out from the crowd.
Schneidermann says, "It's the first validation I think of how strong those campaigns are in turning out their supporters to a caucus."
This election year is unique because it's the first time in 80 years that a sitting President or Vice President has not run for the oval office.
© 2008 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.
3/5/2014 9:55 PM
The kids were ready to start class with a substitute teacher, but then she left the room, and things went horribly wrong.
3/7/2014 10:01 AM
Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen says authorities caught up with Joshua Charles Hudson Friday morning.
3/4/2014 11:59 AM
A 22-year-old Sioux Falls man who admitted to texting and driving and killing a motorcyclist in the summer of 2012 will be sentenced Tuesday afternoon...
3/5/2014 5:42 PM
Parents are shocked at what allegedly happened inside an art class in Redfield after a teenager is left in charge.
3/7/2014 12:05 PM
State officials say one-year-old Adryan Jones died on Wednesday from injuries received in a two-vehicle crash Monday, February 24.