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  Latecomer Clark has unusual strategy
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News DateThursday, October 9, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWesley K. Clark, trying to portray himself as the Democrats’ best hope of defeating President Bush, is taking an unorthodox approach to winning his party’s presidential nomination.

CLARK, THE newest presidential candidate, is calculating that it is too late to focus the bulk of his resources in Iowa and in New Hampshire, the two key early testing grounds where his rivals have been camped out for nearly a year, according to a top strategist. Historically, the Democratic nominee usually wins by chalking up a big victory or strong showings in one of both of those states, feeding off the momentum and rolling through the stack of primaries from there.

Instead, Clark has adopted a more national campaign for the nomination, focusing on a variety of other states, including Oklahoma and New Mexico, that will vote in February. Clark’s advisers think it would be hard, if not impossible, to win in Iowa or New Hampshire, but they predict he will fare better in the South and other states, such as Florida, that remain wide open."
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