Weekend Briefing

This weekend, there are four contests on the Democratic side: Nebraska, Washington, and Louisiana on Saturday, and Maine on Sunday.

Nebraska: The Cornhusker State holds a caucus, a format which Obama has dominated during this campaign. Of the eight caucuses held so far, Obama has dropped only one, Nevada. He has the support of Senator Ben Nelson, as well as the mayors of Omaha and Lincoln.

Louisiana: The Bayou State, which conducts a primary, has a significant African-American population (32 percent according to the 2000 census). Given Obama’s dominance among that crucial bloc, he’s well-positioned for victory.

Washington: The state holds caucuses, a test of organization that bodes well for Obama. The demographic breakdown is also favorable to him, as the expected electorate is an educated, affluent group. However, two factors keep Hillary in the running. One, she has the support of the party establishment, including Senator Patty Murray. Another, the state has a strong history of electing women – both senators and the governor are female.

Maine: Although a caucus, this state is the best opportunity for Hillary to pick up a victory. A couple of points: 1) She has the support of Governor John Baldacci along with a majority of the state legislators. 2) Like Washington, Maine has a long tradition of electing women; Washington, Maine, and California are the only states with two female senators. 3) Maine’s white Democrats are overwhelmingly working-class, a demographic where Obama has had trouble drawing support away Hillary.

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One Response to Weekend Briefing

  1. whydidyoudoit says:

    The Clinton campaign didn’t have a healthcare plan befor it felled and they don’t have one now. Well to be honest, if everyone is a goverment employee, then the Clinton healthcare plan will work for everyone. Unfortunately some are self employed, independent contractors or work for private employors or small business. Under the Clinton healthcare plan these people would be penalized if they don’t pay for their healthcare. This means that most of your family members and friends will have their paychecks garnished. We all know that it doesn’t stop there if it is a goverment enforcement. There will be fines and then misdemeanors which is a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony. Why did Ms. Clinton decide on this approach? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Big business, big Corporation call it what you will, they want their money back and in order for Ms. Clinton to get their support in her race to presidency she is giving victory to one side (the healthcare providers) by promising to them that she will have the poeople wages garnished if they continue to give healthcare. Thus allowing her to shout the words “UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE” This is a shady tactic and makes fools out of every american that falls for this trick. The Obama healthcare plan is for the people. Poor people, middle class and rich people can rest assured that there is no tricks or penalties in the Obama healthcare plan. VOTE OBAMA!!

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