Posted: August 15, 2007 5:39 PM
Pundits Left Scratching Their Heads on Tancredo Finish in Iowa Poll
Rep. Tom Tancredo may have finished fourth in Iowa’s GOP straw poll — short of what some pundits had speculated — but the results met his expectations. He told the Online NewsHour last month his goal was simply to “survive it” by placing the top half, and he claimed a strong finish in a message to his supporters on his Web site.
Other political observers noted that the vote spread between the second and fourth place finishers was very tight — just 626 votes separated Tancredo from second-place finisher former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Even some of Tancredo’s detractors acknowledged he made a good showing.
Meanwhile, Tancredo’s name is still fixed to his signature issue: illegal immigration. He weighed in this week on a debate in his home state over whether U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants should qualify for in-state tuition.
His campaigning picks up again Friday in Concord, N.H., with an itinerary that also includes stops in Londonderry, Stafford, and Gilmanton on Saturday, and a visit to Hollis on Sunday.