Democrats Prepare for Tuesday’s Pivotal Contests

March 03, 2008 01:29 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A one-of-a-kind election system and a diverse electorate await candidates in Texas. Tomorrow's contests there and in Ohio may prove decisive.

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Both candidates have been ahead in the Texas and Ohio polls at some point in the last two weeks. But, with only a day to go, they are currently locked in a virtual dead heat in a contest many have called a must-win for Hillary Clinton.

Technically scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, the Texas primary has actually been under way since the state’s 10-day early voting period began on Feb. 19. During that time the Lone Star State saw dramatic spikes in voter turnout.

Separated into two different votes, the Texas contest will begin with a statewide primary, broken down into congressional districts. Once voters have cast their ballots in the primary, they can attend a caucus to be held at 7:15 p.m. and vote again, but only if they have already voted in the primary.

The number of Democratic delegates awarded to each district will be based on their voter turnout from the 2004 presidential election and the 2006 gubernatorial race. The higher the previous turnout, the more delegates a district receives.

Although the strong lead she once enjoyed has evaporated, Clinton has remained popular among Latinos across Texas, a voting block that will make up about 37 percent of likely primary voters.
Meanwhile, Obama has gained traction with all other groups, making the contest simply too close to predict.

Headline Links: Preparing for Texas

Background: Obama gains momentum before March 4

Analysis: Dissecting the Lone Star State

Opinion: Is Texas Clinton’s Alamo?

Reference: Keeping abreast of the election


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