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March Forth, America!

March 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

“Goin’ all-in” — tonight the voters get called and lay the cards on the table.

Poll closings:  (all times Eastern)

7 PM  Vermont  (should be another double-digit win for Obama, making it 12 in a row)

7:30 PM  Ohio — thus begins the double-header nail-biters of the primary.

8 PM – primaries end in most of Texas (but no media reporting until 9PM)
8:15PM – caucuses start in most of Texas  (1/3 of the Texas delegates)
9 PM – primaries end in the El Paso western region of Texas  (first results begin to come in)

9 PM – Rhode Island

Heavy turnout already reported everywhere.  The Texas state government said over 2 million votes have been cast in advance.  The all-time record turn-out for Dems in a Texas primary was 1.8 million, in 1988.

If Hillary loses both Ohio and Texas, the “Hillary withdrawal watch” begins.  Either she gets out on her own, or the party elders force her out — and by that I mean Gore, Dean, Pelosi, Reid, Edwards, Richardson, Biden, Carter, and others.

If she wins both, it’s, “Pennsylvania, here we come!”  She’s bringing in a million dollars a day and can afford to stay in it, and there’s now some tiny cracks in Obama’s shiny armour.

If it’s a split, she’ll stay in, but her next problem is the Wyoming caucus on Saturday and Mississippi next Tuesday, where she’ll get two more losses.  With no more contests for six long weeks that “the elders” are not going to be happy to be slogging and slugging through, and the pressure through the media, the endorsements, and the super-delegates will be for her to get out — unless she somehow conjures up a witch’s brew of doubt and innuendo about the young messiah.

and March Forth, America!

The whole primary calendar (with results) is here:

And as usual I’ll be on your internet radio at ten after noon tomorrow —

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For one of the most historic events in American history — check out my Obama Inauguration Adventures.

For how Woodstock promoter Michael Lang used my reports in his book — check out how Obama’s Inauguration was like Woodstock.

For an account of the most jubilant night in the history of New York — check the Election Night 2008 Adventure

For a night in New York that started out just as joyous — check out the Election Night 2004 Adventure.

For the kind of creations that got us across the historic finish line — check out my poem and video for Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde.

For an on-the-campaign-trail adventure — check out the physical altercation I was in the middle of with Al Franken at a Howard Dean rally in ’04.

For my tribute to a great political reporter — check out my Tim Russert tribute.

For a full listing of great reporters and news sources — check out my Political Sources Primer.

For how well these sources work — check out my 2012 election predictions.

… or here’s the 2008 projections — in both, I’m over 98% correct.  😉



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  • 1 Zoe Artemis // Mar 21, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    March 22…This is just in from the Huff Post re voter fraud in the Ohio primary:
    ‘As the board of election in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where Cleveland is located, launches an investigation into illegal crossover voting in the state’s 2008 presidential primary, a big open question remains unanswered: Will county officials go after the ringleaders of apparently illegal electioneering where thousands of Republican voters swore — under penalty of law — allegiance to the Democratic Party in order to vote for Hillary Clinton?

    In case you missed it, Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s top-rated talk radio host, was urging Republicans in Texas and Ohio to skip their party’s primary on March 4 and instead cast a vote for Hillary Clinton in order to prolong the fight between her and Barack Obama. And that Tuesday, as media in both states reported, thousands of Republicans did just what Limbaugh and others had suggested — they changed parties to vote for Clinton.

    What Limbaugh encouraged Republican voters to do in Ohio was a fifth-degree felony in that state, punishable with a $2,500 fine and six to 12 months in jail. That is because in order to change party affiliation in Ohio, voters have to fill out a form swearing allegiance to that party’s principles “under penalty of election falsification.”

    On Thursday, March 20, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the “Cuyahoga County Board of Election has launched an investigation that could lead to criminal charges against voters who maliciously switched parties for the March 4 presidential primary.” According to the report, “One voter scribbled the following addendum to his pledge as a new Democrat: “For one day only.”

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