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Saturday, February 07, 2004


reports from WA caucuses

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, February 07, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
link goes to Jerome Armstrong's report over at Daily Kos. Also, Dean Nation regular phil left this report in comments:

"NEWS FROM THE GROUND IN WA: At the risk of writing a caucus report while absolutely psyched, here's the report from a Seattle district (the 46th)...

First, turnout was absolutely amazing. We had to overflow from the huge cafeteria into the gym. Our specific precinct who had 5 people show up for the 2000 election caucus had 46 people show up today! 46!

Initial tally went 2 Dean and 2 Kerry delegates -- no others. After stumping where several of us voiced up respectfully but clearly, we brought over 5 more votes and picked up another delegate. Final Delegate Tally for 46-2292 was 3 Dean, 2 Kerry, and 1 Kucinich (who also picked one up from stumping). It was just like they said at the training: being vocal, clear, and respectful can tip things in a situation like that. Micro-politics are absolutely fascinating.

Overall, the coordinator seemed to think that our 46th district seemed to be breaking 50-50 for Dean and Kerry. As we worked the room in advance, people were largely receptive to hear about Dean. Many showed up with concerns and questions.

Of course, we're all waiting to hear about WA overall. This is liberal Seattle. But the turnout makes me really hopeful about November. People are turning out -- and this was for a caucus!

Thanks go out to all of the DN bloggers and participants who have been a reliable source of daily info for me. I am in your debt.

Onward for Dean!"

thanks, phil! keep your reports coming in the comments section...

UPDATE: this thread at Kos is full of reports from delegates around various precincts in WA. It's clear that Dean is doing far better than media expectations!


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