The Course of John Ed­wards’s Sec­ond Run

The man who spoke on the stump of “ two Amer­i­cas” left his party with a two-can­di­date race yes­ter­day. In Wash­ing­ton Post-ABC News na­tional polls, Ed­wards’s sup­port among Democrats and Demo­cratic-lean­ing in­de­pen­dents never ex­ceeded 17 per­cent, hov­er­ing aro

The Washington Post - - Campaign 2008 -

Dec. 28, 2006

John Ed­wards for­mally en­ters the presi-

den­tial race from New Or­leans. “This cam­paign will be a grass-roots, ground-up cam­paign, where we ask peo­ple to take ac­tion,” Ed­wards says.

that he “wasn’t “w done try­ing to make a dif- March 22, 22 2007 El­iz­a­beth Ed­wards E an­nounces that her can­cer has re­turned in an in­cur­able form.

“You can go g cower in the cor­ner and hide, or you can be tough and go out there.” John Ed­wards Edwa says at the Chapel Hill, N.C., event. even April 19, 2007 For­mer Howard Ho Dean cam­paign man­ager Joe Trippi joins j the Ed­wards team, say­ing that John a and El­iz­a­beth’s de­ci­sion to

con­tinue t the cam­paign made him re­al­ize

fer­ence eit ei­ther.”

Sept. 27, 2007

Ed­wards says he will ac­cept pub­lic

fi­nanc­ing for his White House bid. Oct. 8, 2007 The Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union, whose sup­port Ed­wards had ac­tively courted, an­nounces that it will not en­dorse a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and that lo­cal branches can back their own

can­di­dates. Dec. 29, 2007 A few days be­fore the Iowa cau­cuses, Ed­wards un­der­scores his fight­ing mes­sage at a large Des Moines rally. “Like many of you, I had to fight to sur­vive,” Ed­wards tells the crowd.

Jan. 3, 2008

Ed­wards fin­ishes with 29.7 per­cent of

the vote in the Iowa cau­cus, ahead of

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s 29.5 per­cent but be­hind

Obama’s vic­tory of 37.6 per­cent.

“Change won, the sta­tus quo lost, and the fight is on to see if we’re go­ing to have the kind of change we need to save the mid­dle class,” he tells his sup­port­ers. Jan. 8, 2008 Ed­wards fin­ishes a dis­tant third with 16.9 per­cent of the vote in New Hamp-

shire. In his speech af­ter the pri­mary, he

says, “I am in this race to the con­ven­tion.” Jan 10, 2008 John Kerry, Ed­wards’s run­ning mate in 2004, en­dorses Barack Obama for pres­i­dent, say­ing, “Who bet­ter than Barack Obama to turn a new page in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics?”

Jan. 19, 2008

“I got my butt kicked in Ne­vada,” Ed­wards

says, af­ter fin­ish­ing with 3.8 per­cent of

the vote in the cau­cuses there. Jan. 26, 2008 Ed­wards fin­ishes third in the South Carolina pri­mary with 17.6 per­cent of the vote. “If you’re one of the mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who have yet to cast your vote in this demo­cratic process . . . your voice will be

heard and we will be there with you ev­ery sin­gle step of the way,” Ed­wards says af­ter the pri­mary. Jan. 30, 2008 Ed­wards trav­els to New Or­leans to with­draw from the pres­i­den­tial race. “It’s time for me to step aside so that his­tory can blaze its path,” he says.

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