A couple tidbits bring about another change in the line.
With news of a complete Pataki implosion in Iowa, he continues his George Allenesque free-fall down the line.
Pataki goes from 18-1 to 25-1- just behind Dr. Bill Frist.
The Pataki free-fall is good news for Mrrs. Giuliani and McCain. A big part of the Pataki collapse has been the shadow of Rudy that looms larger and larger as each week passes. The thought that Rudy wouldn't enter this race has almost completely faded.
McCain gets a boost based on rumors that most of the Pataki organization is heading his way, led by the inimitable Ed Failor Junior.
So Rudy moves up a half-step from 15-2 to 7-1 and McCain a half-step from 5-1 to 9-2.
Tommy Thompson also makes his inaugural appearance on the line. His focus on renewable fuels is sure to play well in Iowa, as well as his homestate's proximity to Hawkeye County. Krusty even thinks Steve Grubbs will jump on board.
Thus Tommy comes in ahead of Duncan and Jim at 75-1.
For math purposes the "field" bet and Huckabee slip a bit and fall to 13-1 and 14-1 respectively.