Thursday, February 28, 2008

OK Texas, It's Finally Your Turn!

Usually by the time late primaries roll around, both parties have their unofficial candidates and it’s easy to feel like there’s no point in voting. This is definitely NOT the case in this primary season. With Mike Huckabee hanging on to his campaign, the republicans can’t officially back John McCain. Tuesday’s primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island could solidify McCain’s lead enough to finally give the republicans their candidate.

But the real primary to watch is on the democratic side. Clinton, once seen as the heir apparent to the democratic nomination, has lost 10 primaries in a row. Clinton is now behind Obama in both pledged delegates and superdelegates. Even Clinton supporters admit that she has to do well in both Ohio and Texas if she wants to win the nomination. So it could all come down to Texas. With 228 democratic delegate votes at stake in Texas, Clinton is doing everything in her power to win on Tuesday. In February alone Clinton has raised $35 million, much of which is going right back into her Texas campaign.

Is Clinton’s increased fundraising and spending and constant campaign visits enough to conquer the great state of Texas on Tuesday? Only you can decide! So here’s what you need to know to take part in Texas’ crucial primary: Early voting has already begun. If you are a registered voter in Texas you can show up TODAY and cast your ballot. But if you’re dying to sport the “I Voted” sticker on Tuesday, then contact your local County Clerk’s Office to find out where your polling place is and GO VOTE! Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on March 4.

The youth voter turnout in primaries so far has been way bigger than in 2004. But is everything really always bigger in Texas? Do you think Texas youth turnout will be bigger than 2004? What about Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island?