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Wednesday, January 14, 2004


We Win! (Anyone Care?)

posted by Dana at Wednesday, January 14, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Dean won the first primary in the nation yesterday, in the District of Columbia.

Here are the most recent vote totals.

What's remarkable here isn't the win, but the virtual news blackout that has fallen over the result. Yes, turnout was low. Yes, the Sharpton and Mosely Braun totals, taken together, were slightly higher than Dean's. Yes, no other "major" candidate competed.

But Dean won, in a majority-black city, with minimal effort, going away and beating Al Sharpton by roughly 12% of the vote.

That should say something. So let's give a hand today to the folks in the D.C. grassroots. Way to go, gang!


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