Sunday, February 03, 2008 By Aaron Brown
According to PoliticalWire, Gallup has Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a statistical tie in a national poll. State polls show a tight race in most Super Tuesday states, all of which assign delegates proportionaly (which means there might not be a clear delegate leader come Wednesday). So, I guess Monday morning is the two minute warning. Unless somebody breaks through, all Feb. 5 might prove is that we're going to overtime. (And in overtime the most important thing is the coin toss, which in this case would be the Virginia primary. OK, no more metaphors).
Here on the Iron Range, U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) will be visiting Hibbing Community College Monday late afternoon in support of Barack Obama. He was a prolific advocate for Obama before the Iowa caucuses. Abercrombie is known in the House of Representatives for his work on labor issues, which is probably why the campaign dispatched him to the Iron Range. I also recently learned that Abercrombie was a friend of Obama's father and mother when they lived in Hawaii and has knew the younger Obama when he was a small boy. He didn't know Barack Jr. was in politics until 35 years after he was friends with his parents. According to a column in the Washington Post, he remarked after hearing Obama speak for the first time that, "he has to run for president" as he teared up at the memory of his friends from years ago. Dramatic stuff.
I will post a time on Abercrombie's visit to HCC when I know more. I'm not sure how many Rangers will come out to meet a Hawaii Congressman, but damn if we aren't going to find out.
Here is the press release from yesterday's announcement of Barack Obama's Iron Range Leadership Committee, which includes yours truly.
Now, time to enjoy the game ...