Clinton Campaign Lowers Iowa Expectations

The story coming from The Politico:

DES MOINES — You can accuse the Hillary Clinton campaign of a lot of things, but overconfidence is not one of them. Not in Iowa. Not anymore.

Orders have come from the top of the campaign here that nobody is to predict that Hillary Clinton will win Iowa.

That may be part of the “expectations” game that all campaigns play.

Or it may be because the campaign no longer is really sure that Clinton will win.

In interviews with top Clinton staffers, who did not wish to be quoted directly, I was told that Clinton could survive a second-place finish in Iowa and that the state was not do-or-die for her.

So basically it looks like the Clinton campaign is ceding Iowa to Obama and essentially throwing in the towel.

The only question is, how much will an Obama victory in Iowa adversly effect Hillatry’s chances in New Hampshire? They’re essentially neck and neck at this point. RCP has Hillary leading New Hampshire at 34% on average to Obama’s 27.8% on average. However, those numbers are much closer than they have been over the past month or so.

Clearly the Clinton campaign has decided to focus on New Hampshire voters who have a tendency to ignore Iowa’s choice.