The Washington Times - March 2, 2008, 09:18AM
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SAN ANTONIO — If a hypothetical President Barack Obama seeks a second term in 2012, he already would have a built-in arsenal of supporters — the eighth-graders of today will be first-time voters that year.\ \ \ Emily Guthrie, an eighth-grader from suburban Austin, started the Obamaettes group at her school. She has told her friends they need to pay attention to politics now because what happens over the next four years will shape their future.\ \ \ “What happens now matters then,” said Emily, 13. “In four years, it will be 2012, and we’ll be graduating, we’ll be 18. People don’t realize that as we become young adults, he’s going to bring change.”\ \ \ Mr. Obama of Illinois has attracted young voters from across the country, and his campaign has reached out to them with “Barackstar” events, popular actors and a campaign promise to make college affordable for everyone.\ \ \ But beyond the 18-year-olds who have backed his candidacy more than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s, he is attracting even younger teenagers — such as the high school freshman in San Jose, Calif., who knew he was unlikely to meet the candidate but spent Saturdays organizing supporters at get-out-the-vote events.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that she would “have to win” on Tuesday as the Democratic presidential campaigns revved up their get-out-the-vote efforts on the frenzied days before the big primaries in Texas and Ohio.\ \ \ The New York senator and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois also exchanged a barrage of criticisms, particularly on trade, while Mrs. Clinton, speaking at a fundraising event in San Antonio, acknowledged the high stakes of the upcoming vote, in which she needs to break an 11-state contest losing streak.\ \ \ “We have to win on Tuesday,” she said. “That’s not a surprise to any of you. And we are going to win on Tuesday.”
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WACO, Texas — Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is scrambling for votes in rural backwaters and smaller cities for Tuesday’s make-or-break primaries — trying to muster enough support to chip away Sen. Barack Obama’s lead with nominating delegates.\ \ \ She toured Appalachian towns of southeastern Ohio on Thursday and held a rally yesterday in this town of about 100,000.\ \ \ “It’s rather unusual,” said Waco life insurance salesman Arthur Schaffer, 82, who could not recall the last time that a presidential contender stumped in his hometown.\ \ \ Clinton campaign spokesman Doug Hattaway said every delegate counts in the nominating contest with Mr. Obama of Illinois.\ \ \ “Right now, the margin between the two sides is about 2 percent — so it’s very close,” he said.
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