On this date 8 years ago, then Senator Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses, setting in motion his eventual defeat of the senator from New York for the Democratic nomination.
A night that former Obama adviser David Axelrod called a “great memory”:
8 yrs ago tonight, I was in Des Moines with Team @BarackObama, celebrating the sublime, inspiring victory that started it all. Great memory!
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 3, 2016
The polls had the race basically tied going into the election, but Obama ended up winning by about 7 points:
In Iowa in —
2008 (R): Huckabee +0.7
(D): Obama +0.4
2012 (R): Romney +1.3https://t.co/E9a7VkdSjH
— Past Frontrunners (@pastfrontrunner) January 2, 2016
And remember, Hillary was still ahead by 21.2% on January 3, 2008:
At this point in —
2004: Dean +15
2008 (D): H. Clinton +21.2
(R): Giuliani +2.8
2012: Gingrich +2.4https://t.co/8pTnsrf0Ds
— Past Frontrunners (@pastfrontrunner) January 3, 2016
Remember, guys — anything can still happen!