The 2008 US presidential campaign has begun dramatically with two clear front-runners emerging in the Iowa caucus. For the Democrats it was Barack Obama and for the Republicans Mike Huckabee who got the nod from voters.
It was one of the highest turn-outs ever recorded for an Iowa caucus. Barack Obama secured 37.5 per cent of the vote in a campaign centered on the need for change. John Edwards, the former senator from N. Carolina was the voters’ second choice with 29.8 per cent.
While Hillary Clinton, who was expected to have a very strong showing, was beaten into third place with 29.5 per cent.
Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, was the clear winner for the Republicans with 34.4 per cent.
Mitt Romney trailed with 25.3 per cent while former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson polled 13.4 per cent, virtually tied with John McCain.