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Clinton Tries to Sway Texas Delegates, But Her Plan Backfires

April 1, 2008

So apparenlty Hillary Clinton had been calling precinct delegates who would be going to the Texas Democratc county / senate district conventions and telling them that they don’t technically have to vote for who their precinct supported in their precinct caucus back on March 4th.

Jeff Herbert e-mailed a story to the Dispatch telling his story of how he received 2 calls from the Clinton campaign in 3 days telling him this.

Here’s the problem: Jeff was an Obama supporter in a Clinton precinct, but he was chosen as a delegate and promised to vote for the Clinton since that’s what the voters in his precinct wanted.

So, what did Jeff do?  Well here’s what Jeff says:

However, they’ve achieved exactly the opposite — I didn’t know until they called that I even had the option, I thought I was forced to vote as the caucus had decided. Thanks to Hillary trying to change the rules after the fact and play dirty, I now can vote for my original guy with a clear conscience.

Be careful what you sow, for thereso shall ye reap, Mrs. Clinton.

That’s right Hillary, you lost yourself a delegate at Saturday’s conventions because you were going around trying to scrounge up every supporter you could find – you’re desperate.  I find this story awesome, and I hope that Clinton keeps stuff like this up.  This is EXACTLY the kind of stuff people mean when they say she’s going to use the “Tonya Harding Option.”  McCain won’t even have to campaign if she does stuff like this much longer.

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Prediction for the Texas Democratic County Conventions: Obama as Winner

March 29, 2008

OK, I almost forgot about this, but the Texas Democratic county / State Senate district conventions are today.

Here are the results with 41% reporting back from the March 4th Super Tuesday II caucus:

  1. Obama 23,918 delegates 56%
  2. Clinton 18,620 delegates 44%
  3. Uncommitted 38 delegates 0%

So, 7,298 delegates will be sent to the state convention, which will be held on June 5th-7th.  And from there, 67 of the 228 delegates will be awarded based on the caucus results (the 126 for the primary were already awarded to Clinton and Obama with 65 and 61, respectively).  35 unpledged Superdelegates will also go, bringing the total to 228 delegates.

Anyway, today is step 2 of determining how to award those 67 delegates that are awarded based on the caucus results.

If the proportions from the precinct caucuses hold the same, the results for tomorrow will be:

  1. Obama 4,100 county/district delegates 56%
  2. Clinton 3,192 county / district delegates 44%
  3. Uncommitted 7 county / district delegates 0%

If those proportions hold the same at the state convention, the 67 delegates going to the Democratic National Convention would be awarded as follows:

  1. Obama 38 delegates 56%
  2. Clinton 29 delegates 44%

But, there are 2 reasons that those numbers probably won’t work out quite like that:

  1. We only have 41% of the caucus results.
  2. In caucuses/conventions, people/delegates tend to switch over to the person with more support, so at todays convention, we may see Obama increase to 60%, and then at the state convention to 65%.  Or we could see that in that 59% that we don’t have, Clinton takes the lead and finishes with 65% at the state convention (but I don’t think that scenario is likely, since Obama’s followers are MUCH more dedicated).

Here’s my prediction for tomorrow:

  1. Obama 4,379 county / district delegates 60%
  2. Clinton 2,919 county / distrcit delegages 40%

And here’s my prediction for the state convention:

  1. Obama 43 delegates 65%
  2. Clinton 24 delegates 35%

I’ll have updates as they come in today.

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Ohio Attorney General: “Stupid” & “Lying” Limbaugh Won’t Be Prosecuted

March 28, 2008

The Ohio Attorney General’s office reached a decision on whether or not to prosecute Rush Limbaugh the Great (Republican) for voter fraud.  He orchestrated the plan “Operation Chaos” and encouraged Republicans to change parties and vote for Clinton to prolong the Democratic fight.  The problem is that in Ohio, you must pledge allegiance to that party under penalty of law.

So, here’s what Leo Jennings, Attorney General Marc Dann (Democrat)’s spokesman, said, “We have no intention of prosecuting Rush Limbaugh because lying through your teeth and being stupid isn’t a crime.”  He said regarding voters, “You can’t just make the assumption that someone is lying.”

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (Democrat), commented by saying, “I think it’s very bad form, but I think most voters are intelligent enough to make their own decisions.”

And lastly, here’s a previous comment from Limbaugh, who has not yet responded to the statements: “I wouldn’t worry about it.  Look at this as a badge of honor, ladies and gentlemen.  If anybody gets indicted, if anybody has to go jail, it will be me — and I’ll do my program from jail for the short amount of time I will be there before I am excused and the charges dismissed.  I had the temerity, ladies and gentlemen, to tinker with a tradition, a liberal Democrat tradition: voter manipulation.”

I find the comments from Dann’s office interesting, considering his involvement with the corrupt Cafaro family (J.J. Cafaro bribed Congressmen to help his aviation company), whose daughter (Capri Cafaro, president of the company) replaced him in the state Senate when he went on to become Attorney General.  Or what about the time that Warren Tribunereporter Steve Oravecz asked about Dann getting his daughter a job with the state?  What was it that he told the reporter?  Oh yeah, “Hey Steve, write this down. Go fuck yourself!”

That, my friend is public obscenity – which IS a crime that we can all prove that you committed.

Anyway – there’s no way that this case could’ve been proved against Limbaugh – at the most, conspiracy to commit voter fraud, but I don’t think that even that would’ve gone through, just because you can’t prove it without some people showing that they would’ve crossed over.  He could say it was all a joke, and without any other evidence, the case would crumble.

I will say at this point, that Limbaugh shouldn’t have encouraged voters in Ohio to cross over – I’m fine with it in Texas, but not Ohio.  The law must be upheld, and although I think the Attorney General and his office are being a little self-righteous considering some of Dann’s controversial moments, Limbaugh was in the wrong here.  He’s still a great American though!

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What Happens Now that Super Tuesday II Is Over?

March 10, 2008

OK, so now that Super Tuesday II is done, what will happen?

Here’s what’s happened since then:

  • Huckabee dropped out, like he said he would.
  • Ron Paul dropped out – this surprised me - I thought he’d stay in for the whole thing.
  • McCain clinched the nomination.

Here’s a video I did to explain, mostly for the Democrats, what will happen:

So I think Clinton will have a couple of good days, but I still think Obama will (unfortunately) get it, but it will be close, and I think the infighting + Obama’s inexperience will give McCain the win.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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Texas Democratic Caucus Results as of 3:45 P.M.: Obama Wins

March 7, 2008

Well, these results aren’t even trickling in anymore – they’ve been stalled since yesterday night at 41% reporting.  Perhaps they’ll be in by the county and district conventions on the 29th.  Here are the results so far:

  1. Obama 23,918 56%
  2. Clinton 18,620 44%
  3. Uncommitted 38 0%

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Final Rhode Island Primary Results: Clinton & McCain Won

March 5, 2008

Here are the results with 179 of 179 precincts reporting:

For the Democrats:

  1. Clinton 108,750 58.46% 13 delegates
  2. Obama 75,115 40.38% 8 delegates
  3. Edwards 1,132 0.61%
  4. Uncommitted 1,039 0.56%

The Republicans:

  1. McCain 17,468 64.82% 13 delegates
  2. Huckabee 5,839 21.67% 4 delegates
  3. Paul 1,775 6.59%
  4. Romney 1,180 4.38%
  5. Uncommitted 567 2.10%
  6. Keyes 117 0.43%
  7. Cort, Hugh 2 0.01%

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Texas Democratic Caucus Results – 8:45 P.M.: Obama Wins

March 5, 2008

Here are the Texas Democratic Caucus / precinct conventions as of 8:45 P.M. EST with 40% of the precincts reporting:

  1. Obama 32,009 56%
  2. Clinton 18,117 44%
  3. Uncommitted 39 0%

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Texas Democratic Caucus Resulsts – 5:45 P.M.: Obama Wins

March 5, 2008

Here are the results from the Texas Democratic caucus with 39% now reporting:

  1. Obama 22,628 56%
  2. Clinton 17,883 44%
  3. Uncommitted 39 0%

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Texas Democratic Caucus Results – 4:00 P.M: Obama Wins

March 5, 2008

Here are the results for the Democratic caucus in Texas, released about a half hour ago with 38% reporting (remember, these are precinct delegates going to the county conventions, NOT votes):

  1. Obama 21,955 56%
  2. Clinton 17,393 44%
  3. Uncommitted 39 0%

I think the media will call pretty soon (although the results are trickling in very slowly, so if they wait until around the 50% reporting mark, that could be tomorrow at this rate), but I’m still confident in my call for Obama.

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Final Texas Republican Primary Results: McCain Won

March 5, 2008

Here are the official uncertified results for the Texas Republican primary, with all precincts reporting:

  1. McCain 707,622 51.24% 80 delegates
  2. Huckabee 521,950 37.79% 16 delegates
  3. Paul 69,824 5.05%
  4. Romney 27,579 1.99%
  5. Uncommitted 17,611 1.27%
  6. Thompson 11,786 0.85%
  7. Keyes 8,571 0.62%
  8. Hunter 8,254 0.59%
  9. Giuliani 6,169 0.44%
  10. Cort, Hugh 918 0.06%
  11. Tran, Hoa 623 0.04%

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