06/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Earlier Edwards Withdrawal Would Not Have Helped Clinton: Analysis

The publication of a new book by Elizabeth Edwards, and especially the revelation that she advised her husband against running in 2008, has created a lot of "what if" speculation about how the race might have been different. Two weeks ago, for example, Hillary Clinton's former pollster Mark Penn speculated that a 2008 presidential race without John Edwards would have been "very different," adding "if he had come out and dropped out of the race particularly early, I think a lot of voters would have taken a good fresh look at Hillary Clinton."

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