Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Southern Democratic Party Chairs choose Edwards.

Eight out of fourteen do, at least:

"Senator Edwards would be a great choice," says Georgia party chairman Bobby Kahn. "He could help in the South and help mobilize the base."
While party leaders say Edwards or another Southerner wouldn't necessarily help Kerry win their state, a Southern connection could help elect Democrats to Congress. A Kerry-Edwards ticket could also bring out Democratic voters in other races, they say.
"With an Edwards or Gephardt on the ticket, I think that we have a legitimate shot at holding Bush at 55%, and it cuts his coattails," says Jay Parmalee, Oklahoma's party chair.
"We can keep our Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, which are razor-thin ... The vice presidential choice could mean that we're in a better position to elect a Democrat to the United States Senate. . . ."
Party chairman Joe Erwin of South Carolina, the only state Edwards won in the presidential nomination contests, says the North Carolinian would "bring vigor, some enthusiasm, some new blood to a national ticket."
Texas chairman Charles Soechting notes that Edwards is the best known in the Southern field. He also wouldn't have a learning curve because he outlasted any other major challenger.
Edwards also showed an ability to raise money. In February, his last month in the race, he raised $6.8 million, almost as much as he raised for the entire first quarter of 2003 when he led all Democratic candidates.