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Tuesday, October 21, 2003


Dean kicks butt in the West

posted by annatopia at Tuesday, October 21, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Arizona, baby! No previous polling is available. If anyone has that link, please leave it in the comments.
Dean 32%
Clark 24%
Lieberman, Kerry 15%

Arizona and the Western states are totally in play, and as many of us have previously theorised, Dean's moderate to conservative stances on gun control and the budget should help him out west. Plus, Arizona is an early primary state (they vote on February 3). A win there would surely help us across the south and west and increase our momentum going into the March Super Tuesday primaries. Lieberman is expected to make a big push in Arizona, and has in fact spent a lot of time out there, but Dean can win with our help.
I heard through the grapevine that some of the California Deaniacs are going to Arizona over the next few months and pound some pavement, a la the Texas Rangers in Iowa. (On a related note, Phillip, I still owe you that phone call - I'm sorry - can we try again this week?). These foot soldiers will be key to winning Arizona. I'd also suggest bringing a ton of Spanish-speaking volunteers. The Republicans are intending to make a big push for the latino vote across the southwest, and we have to be able to counter their disinformation. Mark my words: Arizona and the west can be ours if we work hard enough.


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