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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Caucusgoers deliver one of the biggest turnabouts in modern electoral history

The Christian Science Monitor had it right. Wow! What a shakeup. In recent weeks it was clear that momentum had shifted, but the extent of the change was a surprise. While there is little point in rehashing what is available elsewhere, the fact that John Kerry even got the largest chunk of union family votes (according to the Washington Post), despite the heavy endorsements by unions of Dean and Gephardt, was a surprise. Suddenly the New Hampshire primary and the Feb. 3 primaries -- Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Carolina -- seem important.