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Curious caucuses

February 10, 2008 - Steve Murch
Heading into today’s Maine caucuses, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are separated by just a handful of delegates. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

What many people probably haven’t noticed is that all but one of Clinton’s victories are in primaries. Only the Nevada caucuses was a win for Clinton in the caucuses. Otherwise, all of the caucus victories have been Obama’s.

There are several reasons that could be. The one I’m sure the Obama camp will use is that his supporters are strong, convincing and will let everyone know it.

One I’m sure no one wants to discuss or suggest is race. This is not to suggest people are racists, but rather how many are afraid they will be perceived as racists if they don’t openly support Obama. How many people in public will state him as their candidate but behind the curtain will vote for Clinton?

That is one of the reasons given for Clinton’s win in New Hampshire early in the campaign when all the polls suggested Obama was well out in front. Has that theory come to light in the caucuses? We’ll never know one way or the other. It’s just a curious fact.

 
 

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