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CNN: Clinton Wins Ohio




“I’m a fighter.” – Hillary Clinton

Huge win for Clinton. A must win and she did it.

Texas is tight, very tight right now, 49% – 49%, with Clinton barely ahead right now. However, Obama will run up big numbers in the cities, so this won’t last. Again, I’m going to reiterate what should be obvious to everyone by now. The Texas system is not only ridiculous, but having a caucus later, making people
vote twice, is a horrendous system. This is just wrong and needs to be changed. Clearly, the Texas Dem. party is overwhelmed and people are taking advantage.

Clinton campaign counsel Lyn Utrecht, (UPDATE: Obama’s lead counsel crashed the call – I had to ring off to go on C-SPAN.) who I believe was on the call earlier, just sent out this memo to the press:


March 4, 2008

MEMORANDUM

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Lyn Utrecht
Campaign Counsel

RE: Caucus Irregularities

The campaign legal hotline has been flooded with calls containing specific
accusations of irregularities and voter intimidation against the Obama campaign.
This activity is undemocratic, probably illegal, and reflects a wanton disregard
for the caucus process.

The three most egregious categories are:

1) Irregularities: Prematurely Taking Precinct Convention Packets by Obama
Campaign

Numerous calls have shown that Obama supporters prematurely removed convention
packets from polling places. Packets may not legally given out until 7:15
PM or when the last voter has cast a ballot in the primary. The Texas State
Party warned the Obama campaign in writing that they may not take these packets
early or remove them from the polling locations. The Party directed that these
irregularities be reported to law enforcement “since they amount to
criminal violations.” The Party stated “removing convention packets
. . . will not be tolerated.”

A sampling of the precincts where this occurred are:

659 – Tarrant
709 – Houston
2316 – Tarrant
1205 – Dallas
3127 – Bexar
3082 – Fort Bend
18/224 – Harris
3221 – Dallas
87 – El Paso
851 – Houston
115 – Harris
470 – Galveston
388 – Harris
3000 – Dallas
1214 – Dallas
20 – Medina
205 – Walker

2) Voter Intimidation: Lock-out of Clinton caucus goers by Obama Campaign

Numerous calls have been received that the Obama campaign has taken over caucus
sites and locked the doors, excluding Clinton campaign supporters from participating
in the caucus. The Clinton supporters have been unable to enter the premises
to caucus. In at least one instance, law enforcement was called and forcibly
opened the caucus site.

A sampling of the precincts where this occurred are:

4401 – Dallas
2052 – Tarrant
4402 – Dallas
75 – Harris
18 – Hardin
259 – Harris
124 – Nueces
4050 – Tarrant
115 – Harris
6 – Roma County
78 – Jefferson
117 – Denton

3. There are numerous instances of Obama supporters filing out precinct
convention sign-in sheets during the day and submitting them as completed
vote totals at caucus. This is expressly against the rules. The sign-in sheets
were copied by the Obama campaign from the Texas Democratic Party website
and taken by supporters to various polling places to sign-up caucus goers
prior to the start of the caucuses

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