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Hawaiians Flood Polls for Obama

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

By Anna Mulrine
Posted February 20, 2008

HONOLULU — Across the city last night, most Hawaiians said they had never seen anything like it. Supporters of Sen. Barack Obama crowded into school auditoriums with lines that snaked around the buildings. Precincts couldn't keep registration forms in stock. "We ran out of democratic registration forms four times," said Manny Quinones, 30, one precinct leader. State caucus leaders were expecting 10,000 to 12,000 voters—and got as many as 20,000. Late into the night, voters were still standing in line.

"The last time I experienced anything close to this was the first state election, when voter turnout was 85 percent," Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Hillary Clinton supporter, told U.S. News. That was the year Hawaii gained its statehood, in 1959. Last night, Inouye stood in line for one hour and 45 minutes. It was the first time in 40 years that he returned from Washington for the caucuses. (Click here for remainder of article).


Obama wins Hawaii caucuses

By Jason George | Tribune reporter
2:50 AM CST, February 20, 2008

Maybe they should've called it " Hawaii 10-0," as Sen. Barack Obama now has ten straight wins after besting Sen. Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Hawaii caucuses.

Neither Obama nor Clinton campaigned in person for Hawaii's 20 delegate votes, but both recently had surrogates in the 50th state -- Clinton employed daughter Chelsea and Obama had half-sister Maya Soetero-Ng appear on his behalf. Obama, who was born and spent part of his youth on Hawaii, ran radio ads in recent weeks stressing his "native son" credentials.

On Tuesday night, in an e-mail to his supporters before the Hawaii victory was announced, Obama said winning there could foretell future successes: "If we win in Hawaii, it will be ten straight victories -- a streak no one thought possible, and the best position we can be in when Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont vote on March 4th."...(Click here for remainder of article).


D-Day for caucus in Hawaii

By Richard Borreca

It's old-fashioned grass-roots campaigning as Hawaii's Democrats head into the last hours of their unprecedented presidential caucus.

The two candidates, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, go after Hawaii's 20 delegate votes tonight.

To win the Democratic nomination at the national convention in Denver in August takes 2,025 votes. The caucuses in 68 sites across the state tonight will hold a preference poll for registered Democrats to find out how many want Obama and how many think Clinton should run for president.

Hawaii has usually held its caucus in March and has never played a role in selecting the Democratic nominee, but the caucus date was moved up this year and the interest in Hawaii's 20 votes is intense...(Click here for remainder of article).


Barack Obama after winning Wisconsin

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The Chicken Doves

Elected to end the war, Democrats have surrendered to Bush on Iraq and betrayed the peace movement for their own political ends

MATT TAIBBI Posted Feb 21, 2008 12:00 AM

Quietly, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been inspiring Democrats everywhere with their rolling bitchfest, congressional superduo Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have completed one of the most awesome political collapses since Neville Chamberlain. At long last, the Democratic leaders of Congress have publicly surrendered on the Iraq War, just one year after being swept into power with a firm mandate to end it.

Solidifying his reputation as one of the biggest pussies in U.S. political history, Reid explained his decision to refocus his party's energies on topics other than ending the war by saying he just couldn't fit Iraq into his busy schedule. "We have the presidential election," Reid said recently. "Our time is really squeezed."...(Click here for remainder of article).


Obama, McCain win Wisconsin primary

Illinois senator does well among Clinton’s base, exit polls indicate

NBC News and news services
updated 11:49 p.m. ET Feb. 19, 2008

Barack Obama cruised past a fading Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday night, gaining the upper hand in a Democratic presidential race for the ages.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona was projected to have won the Republican primary by a substantial margin, NBC News said, a result that moved him closer to wrapping up the party’s nomination for president.

It was Obama’s ninth straight victory over the past three weeks, and left the former first lady in desperate need of a comeback in a race she long commanded as front-runner...(Click here for remainder of article).


Obama, McCain Roll to Wins in Wisconsin

By Chris Cillizza staff writer

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) decisively defeated Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) in today's Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary, scoring a ninth consecutive victory over the New York senator and ramping up the pressure on her to break that streak early next month in Ohio and Texas.

On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) easily beat former governor Mike Huckabee (Ark.) in Wisconsin and the Washington State primary, two wins that further cement his status as the race's front-runner...(Click here for remainder of article).



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