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Obama Is Making Inroads, but Fervor Fell Short at End

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125487, Obama Is Making Inroads, but Fervor Fell Short at End
Posted by DeepModem Mom on Wed Feb-06-08 11:53 PM

NYT: Obama Is Making Inroads, but Fervor Fell Short at End
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Published: February 7, 2008

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois made some headway in building a coalition of support among Democrats in Tuesdays cross-country sprint of primaries. He won the support of many white men, a group that had voted for John Edwards of North Carolina before Mr. Edwards dropped out of the race last week. Mr. Obama seems to have cut the long-established ties between black voters and the Clintons. He made slight inroads among Hispanic voters, a solid part of Senator Hillary Rodham Clintons base.

But one of the most intriguing finding in the surveys of voters leaving the polls across the nation on Tuesday was when they arrived at their final decision. Throughout a week when Mr. Obama was campaigning with members of the Kennedy family, when there was a sense that he was creating a movement that cut across racial and generational lines, there was a steady movement of Democrats toward Mr. Obama, the survey suggested. But those who reported making their decision on the last day bucked the trend, tending to vote for Mrs. Clinton, of New York.

Mr. Obama more than held his own against Mrs. Clinton: he won more states and may well have won more delegates, once all of them, including those from caucus states, are officially allocated.

But once again as in New Hampshire the result on Tuesday did not match the fervor that had been signaled by Mr. Obamas dramatic march of rallies across the nation leading up to the vote. In that dynamic rests one of the central questions about the Obama candidacy, which may well go the heart of whether he can win the presidency. Is this campaign a series of surges of enthusiasm, often powered by the younger voters who form long lines waiting to hear Mr. Obama speak, that set expectations that are not met at the voting booth?

Or is it rather a slow-building force, one that despite faltering in New Hampshire and falling short on Tuesday in big states like California has allowed Mr. Obama to battle one of the most formidable political dynasties to a draw and will eventually propel him to victory?...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/us/politics/07dems.ht...
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