A few people have mentioned to me that they are surprised that John Edwards is leading the Democratic Primary race in North Carolina. Despite him being from North Carolina, they think he is down enough in national polls and has exhausted enough good will in the state that he should be trailing Hillary Clinton and/or Barack Obama.
I think that among Democrats Edwards has plenty of good will left in the state. From my point of view he has continually increased his standing in North Carolina since he announced he was running for President in 2003. Many Democrats I knew were skeptical of him then, but by the time of the 2004 Iowa Caucuses, they had gotten on the bandwagon.
At least Edwards is doing better in his home state than Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd. According to a Quinnipiac University Poll, Dodd is in fifth place in Connecticut with only 6% support. Ahead of him are Clinton, Obama, Edwards and Al Gore.
Compared to Dodd, Edwards’ North Carolina support looks robust.