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Elections 2004: Iowa Caucuses

From left to right: Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Sen. John Edwards, Rep. Richard Gephardt, and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean were four of the seven candidates who participated in a debate in Iowa on Jan. 4, 2004. hide caption

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Tens of thousands gathered for the first key test of the presidential election season: the Iowa caucuses. The field of Democratic hopefuls shifted with the result, as Sen. John Kerry won a solid victory over his rivals. The Massachusetts senator had lauched an effective final push in the campaign, and both he and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who finished in second place, had come from behind to lead the race in the final days of the campaign.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean ended the evening in third place, a disappointment for the once front-runner. Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, who had staked his campaign on winning in Iowa, came in a distant fourth. The day after, Gephardt ended his presidential bid.

The Results:

Estimated Delegate Count (45 Total)
Kerry: 20 Delegates
(37.6 percent)
Edwards: 18 Delegates
(31.9 percent)
Dean: 7 Delegates
(18.0 percent)