In a campaign that feels like it's been going on forever, we are finally inside the 365 day window - Tuesday marks the start of the one-year countdown to Election Day 2008.
A key piece of the 2007 Election Day story is already complete -- Republicans picked up a victory in Louisiana October 20 when Rep. Bobby Jindal won the gubernatorial contest. Republican Haley Barbour seems likely to hold onto the governor's mansion in Mississippi but Democrat Steve Beshear is expected to defeat incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher in Kentucky.
On the presidential campaign trail, it's another day of barnstorming in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
John McCain and Hillary Clinton participate in events at Renewable Energy Group®, Inc. in Ames and Newton, Iowa Tuesday. McCain attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new REG headquarters in Ames and Clinton tours Central Iowa Energy, a biodiesel production facility managed by REG in Newton.
Elizabeth Edwards will be honored as one of Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" at an awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York Monday night. The magazine notes her "constant presence on the campaign trail" and cites her as a "tireless advocate for better U.S. health care" whose "courage and optimism give hope to countless women living with cancer."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also will receive an award of special recognition at the Glamour event.
Pelosi sat down for an interview Monday with ABC News' Rick Klein and said that Hillary Clinton hasn't been treated differently because she's the only woman in the presidential race, but added that her campaign appears to have been trying to exploit that perception in the wake of last week's Democratic debate. LINK
"[Sen. Clinton] said it best: They're 'piling on' -- or whatever the words were -- 'because I'm the front-runner.' That's why they're piling on," said Pelosi. "If she was in third place, they wouldn't say, 'Let's go attack a woman.'"
More from Klein:
"But in distributing a Web video splicing together her opponents' attacks her campaign appears to be exploiting perceptions of Clinton facing down a field of aggressive male challengers," Pelosi said.
"I think the campaign is trying to take advantage of another -- probably people who didn't even watch the debate, to say, 'Oh, they were really rude,' or something like that, and that has some salience,' said Pelosi, who has said she does not plan to endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary. "You know, every vote counts."
On the campaign trail…
-- 11:15 am ET: Tours the Carolina Hope Adoption Agency, Greenville, S.C.
-- 5:30 pm ET: Meets with voters, Anderson, S.C.
--no public events
-- 10:30 am ET: Speaks at the Leadership Summit on Breast Cancer, Lebanon, N.H.
-- 10:30 am ET: Attends an announcement from the National Veteran Coalition, Columbia, S.C.
-- 2:20 pm ET: Meets with voters, Fort Mill, S.C.
-- 6:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Spartanburg, S.C.
-- 9:30 am ET: Cuts the ribbon at the new Renewable Energy Group headquarters, Ames, Ia.
-- 12:25 pm ET: Meets and greets voters, Boone, Ia.
-- 1:00 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Decorah, Ia.
-- 2:20 pm ET: Has media availability, Decorah, Ia.
-- 3:35 pm ET: Has media availability, Cedar Rapids, Ia.
As for the Democrats. . .
-- 12:00 pm ET: Tours the Renewable Energy Group production facility, Newton, Ia.
-- 12:30 pm ET: Speaks at a rally, Newton, Ia.
-- 3:30 pm ET: Attends a rally, Amana, Ia.
-- 1:15 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Newmarket, N.H.
-- 2:15 pm ET: Has media availability, Newmarket, N.H.
-- 5:15 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Portsmouth, N.H.
-- 6:20 pm ET: Has media availability, Portsmouth, N.H.
-- 6:45 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Durham, N.H.
-- 8:00 pm ET: Has media availability, Durham, N.H.
-- 11:30 am ET: Tours the Alcoa Davenport Works plant, Riverdale, Ia.
-- 1:00 pm ET: Meets and greets voters, Davenport, Ia.
-- 5:30 pm ET: Speaks about US national security and foreign policy, Iowa City, Ia.
-- 8:00 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Cedar Rapids, Ia.
-- Releases new book, "Leading by Example"
-- Spends the day fundraising in New York
At the White House. . .
-- 2:00 pm ET: French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at Andrews AFB
-- 7:00 pm ET: President Bush greets President Sarkozy
-- 8:00 pm ET: President and Mrs. Bush host a state dinner for President Sarkozy
On Capitol Hill. . .
-- 10:00 am ET: The Senate judiciary committee meets to vote on Attorney General nominee Mukasey
Election Day. . .
-- Mississippi: Haley Barbour (R) v. John Eaves (D)
-- Kentucky: Ernie Fletcher (R) v. Steve Beshear (D)
STATE CAPITOL ELECTIONS
-- Virginia: Senate, House
-- Mississippi: Senate, House and executive branch offices
MAJOR MAYORAL ELECTIONS
-- Philadelphia: Al Taubenberger (R) v. Michael Nutter (D)
-- San Francisco: Gavin Newsom (Incumbent)
-- Baltimore: Elbert Henderson (R) v. Sheila Dixon (D)
-- Charlotte: Patrick McCoy (R) v. Beverly Earle (D)
POLITICAL NEWS STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM
ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Pelosi: Clinton Camp Played Gender Card LINK
ABC News Jan Simmonds Reports: Giuliani Shows Love For Dems and Huckabee LINK
ABC News' Christine Byun Reports: Thompson $$ Man Resigns LINK
ABC News' Christine Byun Reports: Thompson's 'Politics and Eggs' with a Side of Huckabee LINK
ABC's Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Ron Paul's Gunpowder Plot -- Update LINK
POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM
Mobilizing the Unmarried Woman Women's Voices Women's Vote launches PSA campaign to reach female voters. LINK
Clinton In or Out of the Kitchen? Clinton stayed out of the kitchen during her husband's first WH bid (3.26.1992). LINK
The Bottom Line: Election Day George Stephanopoulos breaks down the latest polls one year from the elections. LINK
Edwards: Clinton Operates in Corrupt System One year until the '08 election, Edwards weighs his chances. LINK
Green Room: Clinton Fatigue? Backstage: George Will, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein and Michael Gerson. LINK
Giuliani Impersonates Clinton Giuliani pokes fun at Clinton's debate performance LINK