Wesley Clark on the Campaign Trail

There seem to be three possible scenarios for Clark come Feb. 10 (Virginia doesn't play a part in any of them because even Clark discounts Virginia when talking about "winning") — three possibilities that the press like to bounce off one another throughout the day.

1. Clark comes wins Tennessee. He goes on to Madison, Wis. on Wednesday.

2. Clark comes in second behind Kerry, but beats Edwards in Tennessee. As the "new Southern favorite," Clark campaigns in Madison, Wis. on Wednesday.

3. Clark comes in third behind Kerry, behind Edwards. The Clark family and Clark campaign must decide if they want to head to Wisconsin …

Standing next to Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle on Sunday, Clark spoke with confidence that he'd be in Wisconsin to campaign next week. Here's how the exchange went:

--Will you campaign no matter what the result in Tennessee?

--"Well I intend to win Tennessee and be campaigning here next week, absolutely. That's my expectation."

--But if you don't win, will you still come to Wisconsin?

--"Absolutely. That's exactly right."

But for now, the Clark campaign has not run ads in Wisconsin since Feb. 3. And, according Matt Bennett, the campaign has not decided yet which ads will go up when. But Bennett says with confidence that after Feb. 10 the campaign will have ads up in Wisconsin in time for the Feb. 17 primary.

Clark will spend Monday and Tuesday campaigning around Tennessee. The final push, one-state strategy, is the same one the campaign used in Oklahoma — an outcome which the Clark campaign would happily repeat.

A Little More Competition

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Feb. 3— Oooooklahoma. The slight win in the state allowed Clark to declare victory Tuesday evening throwing out the pun to supporters in his victory speech: "Oklahoma is OK by me." The one-state-win also allowed The General a reason to stay in the race and a chance to compete in the Feb. 10 primary states and perhaps even beyond.

Following the victory speech, the staff on hand spoke about the three states where Clark came in second. And earlier in the night on the way to the party site, Mrs. Clark told her husband, "You got to look at the seconds in all the other states, you can't just look at one state." One senior campaign staffer said that the campaign plans to be competitive in Tennessee this week, a move that would pin Clark against Edwards for the Southern vote.

Beginning Wednesday morning, the Clark campaign begins a bus tour — the first two days in Tennessee, then two days in Virginia beginning Friday. Reporters received the Wednesday public schedule after midnight on Wednesday, leaving them to speculate that schedulers in Clark's Little Rock office were waiting to hear the results out of Oklahoma before locking in the schedule. Other possible stops on Clark's schedule this week include Detroit, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Clark's advertising in Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin all expired on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Clark's press secretary, Bill Buck, tells ABC News that the campaign will continue to run ads in Tennessee beginning Wednesday, Feb. 4, but no details were available on that buy. Two advertisements, "Major" and "Hope," had both been in rotation in that state. As for the other states' advertising, the campaign has said they have not made any final decisions as of primary night as to how they'll proceed with buys.

Tomorrow. Tomorrow. You're only a day away.

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