Edwards' New Plan: Outlast 'Celebrity Candidates'

Hopeful lays out new strategy and boasts of January funding increase
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2008 9:10 PM CST
Democrat John Edwards supporters Mary Baldwin, right, and Joseph Myers of Dublin, Ga. waive signs during a campaign rally for the presidential hopeful at a farmers market Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in Dublin,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – John Edwards may be running third among Dem hopefuls, but he vowed to stay in the race today with a new long-term strategy, the Chicago Tribune reports. He plans to roll online donations into ad campaigns in Super Tuesday states and a dozen others—including "red" ones—until the race narrows "to one of the two celebrity candidates and us," he wrote in an upbeat memo to supporters.

"And when that happens we are confident that the remaining contests will break in our direction," he added. The memo also boasts of "an online fundraising" boom of $3.2 million this year, an 81% boost over December. However, he made no mention of his initial, failed strategy, to win or finish well in the first four states and ride that crest into Super Tuesday next week.