The Washington Times - January 19, 2008, 11:04AM
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To: Interested Parties\ \ From: Mark Penn, Chief Strategist\ Date: January 18, 2008\ Regarding: Will the polls be predictive in Nevada?\ \ The public polls are in and they show Hillary Clinton with a lead in the Nevada caucuses. The Review Journal poll done by Mason Dixon shows Hillary ahead 9 points by 41 to 32, and the Zogby poll puts it at 5 points.\ \ \ Unlike the tumultuous few days after Iowa when the media was wall-to-wall with coverage of Obama’s Iowa performance and key moments occurred, absent anything dramatic on tonight’s news we are heading into a very normal end of the campaign in Nevada.\ \ \ So the question is — will these polls be reflective of the result? Turnout is uncertain since the last election saw only 9000 voters come out in 2004. This time the state is in the limelight, and 1800 people were in the debate audience alone, so we may get a significant turnout that could make the results broadly reflective of the polls.\ \ \ But while union endorsements are usually helpful to candidates they have never come with their own self-contained precincts before. Nine caucus sites have been set up essentially for members of the Culinary union, who have endorsed Senator Obama. Because of a unique weighting system, these sites will count disproportionately in awarding delegates. This should give Obama a clear 5-point advantage starting out. \ \ \ Can we make that up? Senator Obama’s National Field Director said, “The Nevada election is going to come down to: Whoever gets the endorsement of the Culinary Workers Union, more than likely, is going to win Nevada.”\ \ \ On the other hand, we have a great organization, huge crowds and a great candidate delivering strong message. So stay tuned.\ \ \ But if the polls turn out differently from the result, there may be an easy explanation for it this time.
Happy Caucus Day. For those of you setting expectations, just write that we hope to beat the spread.
After more than a year of meeting candidates, attending rallies, registering voters, and talking about the issues important to Nevadans, the caucus is here! \ \ \ Tomorrow is your opportunity to choose a new president and end eight years of a George Bush White House. Help us put Nevada on the world map — attend your precinct caucus TOMORROW, January 19th. Be sure to show up to your caucus location at 11:00 am in order to allow plenty of time for registration.\ \ \ If you still need to find your caucus location, please go to our caucus site at www.nvdemscaucus.com and click on “Find Your Caucus Location.”\ \ \ This is our moment! See you tomorrow!
Hill Force One821825429207_0_ALB.jpgChristina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times