And Then There Were Ten-Clark Is In
Thanks to a tip from Bragan, we learn that it's official: With a large part of the Clinton/Gore team aboard, Wesley Clark is in.
Your thoughts on Clark's impact upon the race, which candidates are hurt or helped by Clark's entry, and where Clark will end up (a serious presidential candidate or eventual VP) are welcome.
And for those of you who want some contrarian background on Clark's tenure as NATO commander during the Balkans war, you may want to read Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel's post from last Friday about Clark's behavior during the Pristina incident.
Take a close look at the detailed findings in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that factored in a Clark candidacy, released on their site yesterday.
Among some of the findings:
The poll shows that Clark's candidacy would draw support from all of the four other major candidates, but that Kerry would probably be most affected. The Massachusetts Senator receives 12% of the vote with Clark in the running, but 15% with Clark not a candidate.
Clark is in first place among men, receiving 16% support, but ties for sixth place among women with just 5% of their vote.
Gephardt receives much greater support from women (21%) than from men (12%).
Among liberals, Dean receives 29% support, compared with 11% among moderates and 6% among conservatives.
Kerry also receives little support among conservative Democrats (7%), but does about equally well among moderates (15%) and liberals (13%).
The other three top candidates receive about the same percentage of the vote from each group.
Gephardt is the first choice among conservatives and moderates, and the second choice (behind Dean) among liberals.
Kerry and Clark fare especially well among people who follow national politics very closely, with both candidates' support falling dramatically among people who are not paying attention.
Dean comes in first among Democrats who say they "always" vote, receiving 20% of these voters' support -- compared with just 11% among less frequent voters.
Lieberman, by contrast, receives much more support from the inattentive voters than among the more attentive ones -- suggesting that it is Lieberman's name recognition from being the vice presidential candidate in 2000, not his current campaigning, that accounts for his standing.