Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cashing in on a win

DES MOINES -- What's the value of a win in tomorrow night's Democratic caucus?

At least $2 million a day, according to Joe Trippi, a senior strategist with John Edwards' campaign.

That's how much Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry took in after winning the 2004 caucuses. Trippi says Edwards, the second-place finisher that year, collected about half that. And Howard Dean's contributions essentially dried up after a third-place finish, according to Trippi, who ran Dean's campaign.

"For us, the big issue after Iowa is money," Trippi says.

Of course, money isn't all that's riding on tomorrow's results. Trippi estimates a win is worth at least 10 points in support heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

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