James20denton20desperate20housewive James Denton, the “Desperate Housewives” star who has been campaigning for John Edwards, sounded a bit disappointed that his candidate didn’t top the Iowa caucus but was relieved that Hillary Clinton finished third.

And he actually can take credit for helping Edwards snare an extra state delegate.

Staked out at one Des Moines caucus, he managed to pull over seven people who were going to other candidates to the Edwards camp. That helped the candidate reach a new threshold and earn another delegate under the complex rules of the Democratic caucuses.

How did he sway votes?

Denton says that one girl, perhaps eight or nine years old, told him at the caucus that “If you sign an autograph for my mom, she will come over for Edwards.” The woman did.

“I thought she was joking,” Denton said. “It seems strange, but however I can help.”

Denton spent the past few days working the phone banks for Edwards and meeting with campaign volunteers. He isn’t going to NewHampshire, but plans to campaign for him in Nevada.

He called the entire caucus experience “really fascinating” but a bit strange given the informality of the process. His caucus location, for example, initially counted 450 attending, but 465 votes were tallied.

But it’s just the way the system works, he noted.

“They don’t even care,” he said. “It’s not an exact science.”

Photo: Denton campaigning for Edwards in September. Photo by M.E. Sprengelmeyer.