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Rain
post May 20 2008, 10:25 AM
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/us/polit...6SO3fPabuPw5KaQ


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All of those rocks there, all of them,
Thrown at us for as long as we can remember.
All of our dreams, all of them,
Flattened and crushed, as soon as they start taking shape.
Ah baby, who do they take us for.

Battered and bruised,
constantly,
relentlessly.
Killing? Not their aim.
Keeping us in an unimportant place is what this is about.
Ah baby, who do they think we are.
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Rain
post May 20 2008, 10:03 PM
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Obama draws nearer to securing Democratic nomination

Ewen MacAskill and Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington

guardian.co.uk, Wednesday May 21 2008


Barack Obama drew within 70 delegates of outright victory in his protracted battle with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination today after the Oregon and Kentucky primaries.

He won Oregon by a comfortable margin, according to exit polls, while she trounced him in Kentucky by two to one.

But Obama picked up delegates in both states to bring him close to the finish line. He now is well within striking distance of amassing 2,026 delegates. The figure represents a majority of the 4,050 delegates who will choose the Democratic nominee at the party's convention in August.

With all votes counted in Kentucky, Clinton took 459,145( 65%) to Obama's 209,771 (30%).

But Obama won overwhelmingly in the liberal state of Oregon. Exit polls suggested he would win by a margin of two to three.

He spent the night not in Oregon but in Iowa, making a symbolic return to the state where he won his first victory on January 3.

In his speech, Obama congratulated Clinton on her Kentucky victory and praised her for her 35 years of service to the American people.

"We have had our disagreements during this campaign, but we all admire her courage, her commitment and her perseverance. No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and yours will come of age," he said.

Clinton was also conciliatory in her victory speech in Kentucky, saying she and Obama were agreed on uniting the party behind the eventual nominee.

She made it clear that she was determined to stay in the contest, and that she would push for Florida and Michigan delegates to be seated at the Democratic convention in August.

But for the first time she also felt compelled to offer her reasons for fighting on against nearly insurmountable odds. "I have done it not because of wanting to demonstrate my toughness, but because I believe passionately that for the sake of the country the Democrats must take back the White House," she said.

However, Obama for the last fortnight has been behaving as if the contest with Clinton is over. He sent out an email to supporters tonight claiming to have reached a "major milestone" in the road to the Democratic nomination by securing a majority of the elected delegates.

In another sign of its confidence, the campaign team opened negotiations to take over the Democratic National Committee and assemble a multi-state team for the November general election.

Paul Tewes, an organiser who was instrumental in Obama's Iowa victory, is leading the negotiations.

The campaign also demonstrated its financial clout, announcing that it
raised $31.3m last month and recruited 200,000 new donors.

Clinton's campaign said she had raised $22m in April. The figure does not include a $5m loan from the Clinton family. The campaign has debts of $20m.

Obama started the night with 1,917 delegates to Clinton's 1,722. He was expected to win about 45 of the 103 delegates at stake in Kentucky and Oregon.

He will also take a share of the delegates in the final three remaining primaries, and can expect more of the 212 remaining undecided superdelegates _ members of Congress with automatic votes _ to drift to him.

About 115 of the undecided superdelgates are from states that voted for Obama, according to a CNN survey, and it would be politically risky for these superdelegates to go against the wishes of their states.

Even as Obama drew nearer to the nomination, Kentucky once again exposed the problems he has faced in winning over white working class voters in the poor Appalachia region and the extent of the divisions within the Democratic party.

Only a third of Clinton voters in Kentucky said they were prepared to vote for Obama in the November general election, with the others saying they would go instead for the Republican John McCain.

There was better news for Obama from the exit polls in Oregon, where a majority of Clinton voters said they would support Obama.

Voters in Kentucky were concerned mainly about the recession but race was again an important factor, as in Pennsylvania and last week's primary in West Virginia.

In Kentucky, Clinton won over about two-thirds of voters who said they were concerned about the economy. She also ran much better than Obama among voters concerned about social values, reflecting Kentucky's relatively conservative electorate.


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Yin To Your Yang

All of those rocks there, all of them,
Thrown at us for as long as we can remember.
All of our dreams, all of them,
Flattened and crushed, as soon as they start taking shape.
Ah baby, who do they take us for.

Battered and bruised,
constantly,
relentlessly.
Killing? Not their aim.
Keeping us in an unimportant place is what this is about.
Ah baby, who do they think we are.
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aprilleon
post Nov 25 2009, 03:25 AM
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This is very interesting. Even as Obama drew nearer to the nomination, Kentucky once again exposed the problems he has faced in winning over white working class voters in the poor Appalachia region and the extent of the divisions within the Democratic party.

Only a third of Clinton voters in Kentucky said they were prepared to vote for Obama in the November general election, with the others saying they would go instead for the Republican John McCain.

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