There were a series of various events like straw polls, debates etc. sponsored by different parties early this year. These events aimed at helping the voters to know more about the candidates.
For instance, a series of debates and candidate forums were organized by the Democrats in Nevada and South Carolina In the first half of this year.
A televised debate was hosted in May, 2007 by the Republican Party at the Ronald Regan Library in California. Besides, they also organized the popular Ames Straw Poll in Iowa in August this year.
As per the news agency reporting and the consensus listings, “front runner status” was given to six candidates by July, 2007. These candidates leading the pack are Giuliani, Obama, Clinton, Edwards, Mc Cain, and Romney.