Yeah, so there are some primaries today. But Corner readers aren’t too excited and don’t know many people who are (with a few scheming exceptions). Here’s a quick look geographic look at my inbox:
A reader from Phoenix writes:
Sorry, but there really isn’t much [activity]. I have seen a few guys on the corner with Clark signs, and one pickup truck with a giant Clark banner in
Nothing else from anyone. I haven’t seen a single Dean-dong in weeks, even
though I drive past his headquarters on a daily basis.
Another Arizonan notes: “Most of the local news in AZ has been focused on the
Prison/Hostage stand-off which (thankfully) ended
yesterday with no lives lost. The story has comsumed
so much time and space that there hasn’t been much
room for Primary coverage.”
A reader from Newark, Delaware:
I don’t see many outward signs that a primary is happening here tomorrow.
Polls say Kerry has a big lead on Lieberman who is running second. I’ve only
seen a handful of Dean signs and there were some Dean supporters doing a
sign waving at one busy intersection on Saturday. Not much else. Kerry and
Lieberman both did small events here over the weekend. There is no
Republican presidential primary here. We have one in September to pick our
candidate for governor.
You probably aren’t hearing much about the primary here in
Delaware because there really isn’t any excitement about it around
here. I work [at] the University of Delaware in Newark,
the second largest city in the state and a hotbed of student activism
(or as much as you’ll get in these parts anyway, Delaware is much better
known as a party school then a center of political activity). Even in
this relatively populous part of the state there’s very little evidence
of the campaigns. Very few signs in yards (mostly Clark), and no ads
out of the Philly market (Delaware doesn’t have it’s own commercial TV
station) that have been directed towards us at all that I’ve seen. Dean
had a campaign office down the street here in Newark but since his fast
fade in the last two weeks there’s been very little activity on the part
of the local Deaniacs, they’ve pretty much had the wind taken out of
their sails. I was talking to a friend of mine who was hot on Dean but
now realizes that he’s not going anywhere about if he’d support Kerry
now. He shrugged and said “You know, A.B.B.” (anybody but Bush). This
is a good example of the lack of enthusiasm that Kerry is going to be
getting from the Denniboppers.
Kerry and Lieberman were both here last week, each for about an hour or
two tops, Kerry getting some support form the local IBEW and Lieberman
hitting some old folks homes. Joe has made the biggest and most
consistent effort in the state, he’s been here a few times and his wife
and daughter have also made a few appearances. I suspect that he was
hoping to get a win here to boost his sagging fortunes and set up some
momemtum before going on to the other staes that he thought he had a
chance on, but with the rise of the Kerry machine that looks very
A manipulative Republican writes: “Missouri is an open primary, so my friends and I are going to ask for
democratic ballots tomorrow. (Hope I don’t choke on the words.) I’m going to
vote for Dean, my good friend is going to vote for Sharpton. Just
doing our little part to mess things up! (Not like two votes are going to
matter, but it makes it fun.) We’re very excited, which is awful …… I really think we need to get out more.”
[KJL HERE: I’m NOT endorsing this approach to primarys.]
Another e-mail: “Here in southern New Mexico, tomorrow’s events aren’t getting much
attention, most of the hoopla is going on up in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Driving around Las Cruces yesterday I saw one sign for Clark and two for
Kucinich. I think voter apathy gets the most delegates.”
The proprietor of www.batesline.com checks out the lawns around him:
Going strictly by yard signs, here in Tulsa I see a lot more support for Clark than any other candidate, followed by Dean. The Dean signs were up earlier but have been overtaken. I have seen exactly one sign each for Kerry and Edwards, nothing at all for Joe Lieberman, who received the most financial support from Oklahoma contributors….
Tulsa has a city council primary the same day, and a friend of mine is running as a Democrat in a heavily blue-collar Democrat area — mostly white but with significant black and Hispanic populations. He says he isn’t detecting any enthusiasm for the presidential primary and doesn’t believe the presidential primary will boost turnout significantly. In terms of real impact on everyday life, there’s a lot more at stake in that city council race.
Local bloggers haven’t had much to say about the presidential primary. My blog has been focused on the local elections. The activists on okdemocrat.com seem split between Clark, Dean, and Kerry.