New to the forums here, hi everybody! This was my first game playing the Primaries version, I've only just updated from the '04 version. I'd went into the editor and replaced John Kerry with a Bill Richardson profile I'd created, giving him 5 experience, 4 charisma and 3 integrity, also changed the platform to the appropriate stances and altered starting percentages to be a bit lower than Kerry's, particularly in the Northeast but gave the Gov higher numbers in the West by an average of 3 percentage points starting off with $3.5 million. Also edited in crusaders Barbara Richardson (Base Power: 1), Madeline Albright (2), Jon Tester (3) and Warren Christopher (2). I added Harold Ford (2) after learning he'd become the DLC chairman this week.
After wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, nearly bankrupting the campaign and working Bill about 2/3 of the way to death, Hillary rolled through pretty well through Super Tuesday with her bankroll and Ad placement but the Mo' was good enough to help Richardson snag some decent delegate portions before the pace slowed a bit more going into late March. An early research attack on Obama's experience from my camp rendered him largely ineffective and, of course, the computer was attacking Clinton from all sides, so that left Richardson to pick up a lot of pieces in the overall strategy. Biden made things interesting for a while in April with a narrow win in Cali but shortly thereafter dropped out and offered support to Richardson.
Primaries continued until New Jersey after the rest of the field exited and Clark gave his votes to Hillary. We were both in the 1500s when late money and advanced placement of foot soldiers put Richardson just over the top in the final primary.
Warner was the VP for the dems and Romney picked Bush. I made sure to target Texas early on, maintaining a substantial ground presence throughout with foot soldiers and making sure to get every national endorsement available for the general election to get some early momentum. From then on out, it was back and forth in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Tennessee, New Mexico (!!!), and Colorado.
Love the new Primaries version! Way to go Anthony et. al!