Trail Watch: Colbert Nation

Clinton and Giuliani are the likely winners of their respective party primaries, according to the usually accurate Iowa Electronics Markets, which is run by professors at the University of Iowa and lets people trade and sell in candidate "stock" using real money (limited to $500 per trader).

Clinton and Giuliani are the likely winners of their respective party primaries, according to the usually accurate Iowa Electronics Markets, which is run by professors at the University of Iowa and lets people trade and sell in candidate “stock” using real money (limited to $500 per trader).

In Iowa at the moment, though, polls are still showing Romney the leader, following by a virtual tie between Giuliani and Mike Huckabee. Clinton and Obama are said to be tied.

Today's winner: Stephen Colbert.

Candidates naturally seek to emphasize their local connections and affiliations whatever the state they're in, hence former New York mayor Giuliani may be forgive for claiming to be a Red Sox fan. In the case of South Carolina, Democrat John Edwards, born in Seneca, SC, might seem to have the lock, yet October 28 was proclaimed “Stephen Colbert Day” in Columbia by Mayor Bob Coble.

Elsewhere on the trail:

Study shows news coverage focuses on campaign tactics as opposed to public policy, to dismay of voters.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm endorses Clinton.

Despite protests, Obama keeps pastor Donnie McClurkin, who claims to have cured himself of homosexuality, on roster of speakers at South Carolina event.

Kucinich, Giuliani, Richardson ponder UFO public policy.

Longtime NH Sen. Judd Gregg endorses Romney

Thompson makes delayed filing in NH; first name will appear in quotation marks on ballot because legal name is actually “Freddie.”

OK, presidential campaigns really are like selling toothpaste, consultant says.

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