Spoiling Hillary's Plans
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I’m sure with her good fundraising totals from the first quarter and with New York and California moving their primaries up to early February, Team Clinton figured they’d bag the two big ones early and then have the nomination wrapped up.
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a solid advantage with Californians likely to vote in the Feb. 5 Democratic presidential primary, but an old friend could significantly change the math should he decide to run, according to a Field Poll released Monday.
Former Vice President and 2000 party nominee Al Gore, who has waved off speculation that he may run again -- but has not ruled it out entirely -- pulled to within a handful of percentage points of Clinton when pollsters added his name to the mix.
"He is formidable in California," said Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll director. "He makes it a very close race."
The poll found Clinton with a comfortable 13-point head start over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 41 percent to 28 percent, with former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards lagging at 13 percent.
But when Gore's name was offered as an alternative, Clinton's support dropped 10 points to 31 percent, followed by Gore's 25 percent and Obama's 21 percent. Edwards fell to 8 percent.
And with no organization and without spending a dime, Gore is the fly in the ointment for Hillary's plans.