THE RACE FOR the Democratic nomination began on May 31, 2002 when former governor of Vermont Howard Dean filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

John Kerry threw his hat into the ring on Dec. 4, and by the end of January 2003, almost two years before the next inauguration, John Edwards, Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman and Al Sharpton were all in the race.6

Three important components of running a successful campaign are fundraising, political advertising and high poll numbers. These things seem to be debated more hotly than the issues themselves, especially with the new campaign finance reform laws passed in 2002.

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