Super Tuesday's one week away, and the latest polls say: John Kerry leads John Edwards 56 percent to 24 percent in California. In New York, Kerry leads Edwards 58 percent to 22 percent. Al Sharpton has 9 percent.
Edwards believed his strong debate performance two days before Wisconsin helped lift him to a surprisingly-strong second place finish there. And he's hoping two televised debates being held on Feb. 26 and 29 will help close the gaps in the polls before Super Tuesday.
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.