ABC News Political Unit's 2008 Presidential Invisible Primary Ratings, Vol. 1

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Party Constituencies
  Democrats
Potential Candidates
Hillary Clinton 1
John Edwards 2
Bill Richardson 3
Mark Warner 4
John Kerry 5
Tom Daschle 6
Tom Vilsack 6
Evan Bayh 8
Joe Biden 8
Russ Feingold 10
Wesley Clark 11

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Party Support: Members of the DNC/RNC and the state parties, and their staffs, can give a candidate an edge during the Invisible Primary in the form of information, informal support, and/or endorsements. (Delegate tracking begins long before the voting gets underway.) This year, for the first time in a competitive contest, both parties will have a form of "superdelegates," although Democrats have many more.

Party Support
  Republicans
Potential Candidates
John McCain 1
George Allen 2
Mitt Romney 3
Rudy Giuliani 4
Bill Frist 5
Newt Gingrich 6
Mike Huckabee 7
George Pataki 7
Sam Brownback 9
Tom Tancredo 10
Chuck Hagel 11

Party Support
  Democrats
Potential Candidates
Hillary Clinton 1
Mark Warner 2
John Edwards 3
Tom Daschle 4
John Kerry 4
Bill Richardson 4
Joe Biden 7
Tom Vilsack 7
Evan Bayh 9
Russ Feingold 10
Wesley Clark 11

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Staff/Consultants Which big names among Democratic and Republican consulting and operative circles have signed up with the candidate, either formally or informally? Party pros and fundraisers often see a big staff or consulting hire as a coup signifying that a candidate is legitimate. And of course, in theory, the work and advice of top operatives should be able to help a candidate win both the Invisible Primary and real nomination fight.

Staff/Consultants
  Republicans
Potential Candidates
John McCain 1
George Allen 2
Mitt Romney 3
Bill Frist 4
George Pataki 5
Mike Huckabee 6
Newt Gingrich 7
Rudy Giuliani 7
Chuck Hagel 9
Sam Brownback 10
Tom Tancredo 11

Staff/Consultants
  Democrats
Potential Candidates
Hillary Clinton 1
Evan Bayh 2
Mark Warner 2
Tom Daschle 4
John Edwards 4
Tom Vilsack 4
John Kerry 7
Bill Richardson 8
Wesley Clark 9
Joe Biden 10
Russ Feingold 11

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