September 3, 2007
This race is well underway and don't expect it to slow down anytime soon. Recent polls show more and more Americans are paying closer attention to the candidates, and in turn, they hit the trail early, and often.
For most Americans Labor Day is a day off, but for presidential hopefuls, it's off to the races.
The goal, build momentum in those states with early primaries and this year those primaries are scheduled even earlier.
Democratic front runners like Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and John Edwards spent Monday, shaking hands and rallying for support, because in this race, there's no time to waste.
"This is not a campaign that's overconfident. We worry about everything. We try to win every vote," said Mandy Grunwald, Clinton Political Advisor.
Iowa and New Hampshire voters are the first major targets, but these candidates are doing more than getting their name out there. Many experts already have an idea of who stands a chance and who doesn't.
“Among the democrats Obama has the best chance but you have to take a look at the back of the pack candidates like Richardson - he has far more experience than Clinton,” said Larry Sabato, Director of UVa Center for Politics.
The Republicans haven't taken a seat on the sidelines. Just like his democratic counter parts Mitt Romney spent the day jogging the campaign trail.
“I think running for president is kind of like a marathon, I think the ad just shows I’m planning on going the distance,” said Mitt Romney, R-Presidential Candidate.
Although Labor Day is no longer the official kick-off to the campaign season, there is still a long way to go and some say the spot light will only get brighter.
“I think for everybody. Obviously this is when people start paying attention,” said Senator Barrack Obama, D-Presidential Candidate.
From this point forward, the race to be the party nominee becomes a sprint. With several states moving up their primaries the candidates have less than four months before the first voters cast their votes.