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  Anti-Dean Wing Is Scrambling -- And Shrinking
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News DateWednesday, December 10, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"With record fundraising, favorable poll numbers and the endorsement yesterday of Al Gore, Howard Dean is systematically trying to create an aura of inevitability to his campaign even before most voters tune in to the Democratic presidential race next year. But fears about his electability and temperament are fueling an active, though disorganized, movement to stop him.

In many respects, Dean's strategy is working: Democrats, other than his rivals, are growing increasingly reluctant to publicly take Dean on, and some establishment Democrats are noticeably warming to his outsider, anti-Washington campaign to remake the party. Dean "is now the establishment candidate," said Joe Lockhart, a former Bill Clinton press secretary who said he has concerns about Dean. A few key Democratic governors are expected to rally around their former colleague in coming weeks, party sources said. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, who talks frequently with Dean, said "there's no doubt" the candidate's message "is certainly resonating in Wisconsin.""
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