2004 caucus: Approx 4,000 total votes
2008 caucus: Approx 37,000 total votes
Local Democratic Party officials had predicted and prepared for a 300% increase in participation to 17,000, not the 37,000 who actually showed up. There were universal shortages of ballots, registration forms, attendance sheets, standing room, parking…
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Dennis really made a great impression by coming to Hawai’i to campaign in 2004 (invited then by US Rep Neil Abercrombie who is now the honorary co-chair of Barack’s Hawai’i campaign) and there’s still lasting aloha for him. If local boy Barack hadn’t been in the race I am sure Dennis would have done even better.
Is it possible that Obama may beat Hillary Clinton yet and win the Democratic nomination? If that be the case, he’d be tougher for McCain to beat than Hillary..no?
Obama vs. McCain, or Clinton vc. McCain? Or is it Vicki Wiseman that poses the greatest challenge to McCain?
Frankly, I think that with a Clinton vs. McCain Presidential campaign, McCain would undoubtedly get in, which is why the Republicans want Hillary Clinton to get the Democratic nomination.
p>With an Obama vs. McCain Presidential campaign, however, I think that Obama stands a better chance of beating McCain, first because Obama has more of a vision and has been uniting voters (especially younger ones) of all backgrounds.
p>Vicki Wiseman, however, I’ve admittedly never heard of.
p>Frankly, I think the American electorate at large is probably more ready for a black president than a woman president.
Hillary made a major mistake making such a big deal of “plagiarism”. Obama said, rightly, “I should have given him credit, but it’s no big deal.” And the voters agreed. Her continuing to harp on it made her look desperate and ineffectual.
Thinking about the 8K votes that Hillary Clinton got, which in the previous caucus would have been a blow out for her and would have reflected a 100% increase in the 2004 cycle. So, the Democratic machine here did do an excellent job in turning out their voters for Clinton…unfortunately for them, the 28K votes that Obama got out dwarfed the Clinton efforts.
p>Clearly the Democrats are the ones energized for the 2008 election. More bad news for the Republicans.