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AK: Obama Freezes Out Clinton

By Christopher Lee
The Washington Post has projected Sen. Barack Obama as the winner in the Alaska Democratic caucuses.

Obama claimed a commanding lead in Alaska, outpolling Sen. Hillary Clinton by more than 2 to 1 with 60 percent of precincts reporting. Candidates needed at least 15 percent of the vote to collect any of the 13 delegates at stake, and former Alaska senator Mike Gravel appeared likely to fall well short of that threshold: He had no votes at all after most precincts had reported in.

Party leaders said the turnout was substantially higher than the 700 people who voted in the 2004 caucuses.

The caucuses were Alaska's first to come on Super Tuesday, rather than the usual March date.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 6, 2008; 12:59 AM ET
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States with caucuses...
"where women might feel uncomfortable voting differently from their husbands?"?????????????
I can't help but feel just a little insulted for my Mom and married sisters and women friends about that one. Don't know about other states but in AK that's plain ridiculous!
I showed up at the dem. caucuses and reg'd as a dem. first time in 15 years voting---- and guess what- I stood around waiting 1.5 hr. with 400 other people in the basement of a church. Maybe caucus states go for Obama...
because the people who care enough are Obama supporters,
...or because they're red states where Obama focused, (not sure the caucus method is good for these states' dem's: I'd think fewer primary participants would mean fewer folks voting dem. in Nov.- Is that WHY we are red states?).
...Or maybe it's just the influence of the Billary 20-year-2-family-dynasty hating indepedent/Undeclared's like myself.

Anyways I saw some good folks that I knew (as well as my 20 or so close friends all in the Obama corner- I didn't know all my friends were democrats- maybe I should be one too)
...standing up for both Hillary and Barack.

I might even change my position of voting for McCain over Hillary.
...And double praise for the single Dennis Kucinich voter in Fairbanks...
You guys out there should've heard the cheer that went up in the Obama corner when that one vote was announced!! BTW Thanks for joining our group! Whoever's elected,
Long live the Kucinich idea of a less corrupt government and media!!!
Maybe someday, thanks to blogs like this, the media will stop blacklisting the truly egregious candidates from the debate process.
Hope this clears things up for 'rhetoric'.

Posted by: abesmyth | February 6, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"Does anybody notice that Obama focused his campaign in states that use caucuses, where women might feel uncomfortable voting differently from their husbands"

"Jeez, what a sexist comment.........the assumption that a wife would feel more uncomfortable than would the husband".

If you're for women's rights, as I am, don't promote such garbage, ok?

........and speaking of women's rights, I'm for Obama, because he didn't vote for a war (as did Hillary) that has killed thousands, (and thousands!) of women (and men, and children).
.

Posted by: kevinlarmee | February 6, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton camp's claims of a victory today, after spending weeks retreating from a much stronger position vis-a-vis her other competitors, reminds of the story told by John Kenneth Galbraith of the debriefing of the German Albert Speer at the close of World War II.

How was it, Galbraith asked, that Speer knew his Germans were losing?

It was, Speer replied, because the glorious victories of the Fatherland were growing ever closer to Berlin.

Let's liberate the Democratic Party from the occupation forces of corruption and moral relativism!

The Big "O" has got the Big Mo !!!
Go Obama !!!

MARTIN EDWIN ANDERSEN

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 6, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

In 1972, back when politics was a wee bit more fun and idealistic, a local Alaska caucus chairman supporting Sen. George McGovern was put off by the racket being raised in the back of the room by supporters of Sen. Ed Muskie.

His response? "Hush you Muskies," he said.

MARTIN EDWIN ANDERSEN
Churchton, Maryland

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 6, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody notice that Obama focused his campaign in STATES THAT ALWAYS VOTE REPUBLICAN?

Does anybody notice that Obama focused his campaign in states that use caucuses, where women might feel uncomfortable voting differently from their husbands?

Hmmmm

Posted by: Antistrophos | February 6, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I am happy that the people of Alaska turned out for Obama. Thank you all, we never hear much about whats going on over there and it was nice to hear that you turned out for Obama. I must say I did not know what to expect. God Bless you all for your patience is such cold conditions. If Obama can get people to turn out in extreme cold weather and during Tornados in Tn, then I know a movement is happening! Go Obama 08'

Posted by: washington29 | February 6, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama go,go Obama.

Posted by: Mypostcopkiller | February 6, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

In Fairbanks, with ice fog and 40 below temperatures, the Democratic caucus site was overwhelmed with a crowd about double the holding capacity of the building set to house it. While it was cold outside, the sardine cramped interior was the exactly the opposite, with people tightly pressed together, some on the verge of passing out. Several had to leave early because of the crowded conditions. A Democratic official stumbling through a pedantic list of upcoming meeting dates was shouted down as the crowd, most of which had been waiting an hour, loudly begged for the caucus to begin. Minutes later, the Fairbanks police and fire departments showed up and began towing cars out of the surrounding streets which were all but closed for lack of parking spaces. In the end, Obama was the choice of about 75 % of the attendees.

Posted by: stahlke | February 6, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

I caucused for Obama in Juneau--turnout was over 1000--8 to 10 times that of 4 years ago. Obama supporters dominated the crowd. The energy level and excitement was incredible.

Posted by: nickylyons | February 6, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Finally a note on Alaska from a national source. I tried to caucus in Anchorage and was met with extreme traffic and an overcrowded voting site. Over 3,000 people in Anchorage alone caucused and the school site was elbow to elbow with people. It was very exciting to see people get out and vote in spite of the sub-zero temperatures, awful traffic, and non-existent parking. In the end I did not vote because things were more than a little disorganized and stifling.

Posted by: kemurray77 | February 6, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

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