Democratic races at a glance after 'Junior Tuesday'

Election 2004

On The Campaign Trail

February 04, 2004

John Kerry

What it means

Undisputed front-runner is threatening to run away with the nomination. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. The Massachusetts senator is on one impressive roll.

What's next

Converting primary victories into campaign cash. Another big delegate haul is in sight this weekend in Michigan and Washington state.

John Edwards

What it means

He's emerging as the strongest challenger. A solid showing in Sun Belt voting reinforces his case for a Southerner on the ticket. Will it be the Carolina senator or someone else.

What's next

Tennessee and Virginia test his staying power next Tuesday. But Kerry is strong in the Old Dominion, and Edwards is short on dough.

Wesley Clark

What it means

Had the right idea -- a decorated military veteran with foreign policy expertise might be exactly what Democrats are looking for. But Kerry seems to have that market cornered.

What's next

With a badly needed Oklahoma boost, he soldiers on. A Southern showdown looms against Edwards in Virginia and, especially, Tennessee, where Clark had made early headway.

Howard Dean

What it means

Biggest surprise on "Junior Tuesday" is Dean's failure to surprise anywhere. He's now lost the lead in the delegate count to Kerry. Can a souffle rise twice.

What's next

Michigan will be an industrial-strength test of his labor clout. But that muscle seems badly strained. Washington state caucuses may offer a glimmer of better news.

Joseph Lieberman

What it means

His campaign never took flight and now is over.

What's next

A good nights sleep and some of mother's Marcia's chicken soup should ease the sting. Then it's back to the Senate for the rest of his career.

Al Sharpton

What it means

Heavy investment of time, plus radio ads and 85,000 phone calls with super-lawyer Johnnie Cochran's endorsement equals unimpressive South Carolina finish.

What's next

Maybe another state will yield enough convention delegates to give him some leverage at the national Democratic "family meeting" in Boston this summer.

Dennis Kucinich

What it means

Junior Tuesday boosts the Ohio congressman's status Ohio congressman's status with Lieberman out, he'll no longer be seventh in a seven-man race. He'll move up to sixth (in a six-man field).

What's next

Waiting for another candidate to quit, se he can advance to fifth place.

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