Tuesday, March 04, 2008

It's here!

It feels like it's been both forever and not that long since the Super Tuesday primaries, but the day is here where Texas Democrats (and Republicans, to a lesser extent) can finally have a say in who will be our next President. If you've waited until the absolute last minute to figure out where to vote (like I have) go here to the Texas Secretary of State website to look up your precinct, and then find the polling station for your precinct here (for Tarrant County) or here (for Dallas County.) Voting ends at 7:00 p.m. So far, 1 million Texans have turned out in early voting alone (200,000 more than voted total in the 2004 primaries) so it's likely to be crowded; get there as early as you can to avoid the worst of the crowds. And of course, expect more from us as the day goes on.

UPDATE: Some last minute polling data: Public Policy Polling has Clinton up by 6%, Survey USA has it dead even (accounting for the margin for error) at 49-48 Obama, and Real Clear Politics, which aggregate several polls in a completely non-scientific manner, has Clinton up by an average of 1.7 pts. I'd take those numbers with a grain of salt, and 67 of Texas' 193 delegates total are selected at the precinct conventions that will follow, so in other words everything is pretty much up in the air. If you want to read some of what we've written here about the Texas Primary, click here. Also, for those confused by the caucus/conventions going on after the voting is over, I can't recommend this break down by Phillip Martin at Burnt Orange Report enough.

UPDATE II: Most people seem to think there are very few real, substantive differences between Clinton and Obama. But if you look closely enough, the differences are there to be found, primarily in the field of foreign policy. It's things like this that finally brought me around to Obama, and in the field of foreign policy and national security he most certainly does appear to offer real, meaningful and substantial change. If you haven't made up your mind yet, you owe to yourself and fellow voters to know the candidates and make an informed choice.

UPDATE III: In emails to my co-bloggers, I've explained that I thought Clinton's difficulties at the polls have come not from supposed failings of her campaign, but from the fact that she's had to run against a politician as gifted as Obama. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks so. Were Obama not in this race, I think Hillary would've locked it up easily on Super Tuesday.

UPDATE IV: I've cast my vote today. Have you?

1 comment:

Nat-Wu said...

Indeed, I early voted last week. You can't possibly have an interest in making our country a better place and not vote in this election.