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November 26, 2007 5:52 AM

Down the stretch they come...

WE'RE BACK! Return for frequent updates.

REP GRAPH Giuliani leading, Romney close but rest of field rising suddenly sm.bmp
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We're back from a Thanksgiving respite -- and just in time to watch some interesting wagering in the presidential horse race.

All year, the University of Iowa has been tracking conventional wisdom in the races for the Republican and Democratic nominations through an Electronic Trading Market that lets folks "invest" in the candidates they think will win.

On the Republican side (SHOWN ABOVE), former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (BLUE line) continues to be the odds-on favorite, leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (GREEN line). But in recent days, there has been a surge in the "Rest Of Field" pick (RED line), most likely due to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's recent rise in the Iowa polls.

On the Democratic side (SEE BELOW), investors continue to bet heavily on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (BLUE line). But after a late-summer swoon, Sen. Barack Obama (GREEN line) has started to regain some investor interest.

DEM GRAPH Clinton dominates but Obama rising slightly sm.bmp
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The way the regular stock markets have been performing lately, volatility is to be expected. So bargain hunters, check out those rock bottom rates on former Sens. Fred Thompson (Republican GRAY line) or John Edwards (Democratic YELLOW line).

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Thanks for your patience as we recovered from our vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner -- and four pieces of pie.

WE'RE BACK for feverish blogging between now and the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2007. SO CHECK BACK VERY, VERY OFTEN, and let us know how you think this horse race WILL or SHOULD turn out.



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