Welcome to the latest edition of PoliticalDerby.com’s 2008 Power Rankings, the original tracking service in the current race for the White House. The rankings are updated as circumstances warrant and are compiled by our Editor and contributors using wire reports, polls, campaign staffer scuttlebutt and confidential tips.

Rankings last updated: June 22, 2007

(Because there has been little, if any, movement in the second and third-tiers, the latest rankings comprise only the top four horses on each side. Complete rankings due after second quarter fund raising totals are released on or around July 1st.)

The DEM Horse Tip Sheet

Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet
1 Hillary Clinton Clinton Up Much like the Bride of Chucky, the Bride of Bill’s momentum just won’t die. While Hillary threatened to have Congress take Big Oil profits, apparently she was taking profits from companies like Exxon and BP, in whom she had invested. Turns out she was also invested in the company the left most loves to hate: Wal-Mart. So far none of this seems to matter as Rasmussen has her running at 37-percent, her high thus far in ’07. (previous ranking: #1)
2 Barack Obama Obama Down It seems everyone has a crush on Obama, but even his second “unauthorized” YouTube video isn’t enough to vault him past Hillary. He still gets more positive press coverage than the other democrats combined, but his coat looks a little less shiny than just four weeks ago. (previous ranking: #1)
3 John Edwards Edwards Down The former VP nominee has become nearly irrelevant. With the exception of Iowa, where he leads by a few points in the poll averages, Edwards is a non-story. He trails Hillary and her sky high unfavorables. He lags behind Obama and his ultra-thin resume. He’s even finds himself looking up at Al Gore, a horse so stale he’s been on the national stage since Britney was sober and in the mouseketeers. (previous ranking: #3)
4 Al Gore Gore Even There is endless talk about how the GOP is so disenchanted with their choices that Fred Thompson polls in the top tier. Gore is no different to the democrats, but that oddly doesn’t get the same ink in the mainstream media. Gore’s window of opportunity is closing quickly. Q2 fund raising numbers are due shortly and the flirtatious Gore could find himself 50 million behind the front runners. (previous ranking: #4)


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The GOP Horse Tip Sheet

Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet
1 Rudy Giuliani Giuliani Even Rudy still leads the Power Rankings, but he can finally feel his competitors’ breath on his hindquarters. He’s fallen from the top in the latest Rasmussen poll and for the first time finds himself trailing an unofficially exploring Freddy T. Sure, that stings, but sources say that campaign moral remains very high, especially at the home of his SC campaign chair. (previous ranking: #1)
2 Mitt Romney Romney Up Mittens, as some bloggers have dubbed him, has made an impressive move to the front in several key state-polls. But his national numbers remain mired in a 10-percent rut. McCainiacs predict Freddy T’s entrance will hurt Mitt the most. Is this wishful thinking or sound analysis? (previous ranking: tied for #2)
3 Fred Thompson Fred Thompson Up The world is divided into two camps on former district attorney Arthur Branch. He’s either nothing more than the sexiest flash-in-the-pan since Shakira, or he’s Reagan II, coming to rescue the GOP from Rudy McRomney. His official announcement is due in mid-July. Will his numbers hold once he’s no longer just a hypothetical on a telephone poll? (previous ranking: #4)
4 John McCain McCain Down McCain’s campaign eerily resembles this summer’s movie sequels. He had a huge opening but is fading fast. He’s been sliding in the national polls for months and sources say his Q2 numbers could underwhelm. As Monty Python said, “He’s not dead yet,” but his controversial immigration bill has conservatives mapquesting the nearest glue factory. (previous ranking: tied for #2)

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