2008 Slog Poll: Will Washington Matter?
posted by January 17 at 11:17 AMon
I was at the official opening of Barack Obama’s new campaign office in Seattle on Saturday. It was the first presidential campaign office to open here, and a sign that at least one candidate thinks Washington’s Democratic caucuses on Feb. 9 could influence the outcome of the Democratic nomination fight.
But whether or not we’ll actually influence the outcome is still a very open question. Super Tuesday—or, as many are calling it, Super Duper Tuesday—falls on Feb. 5 and, with more than 20 states and over 2,000 delegates at stake, it could easily end up deciding the Democratic contest four days before Washington gets to weigh in.
Or not. If it doesn’t, the next date for nomination contests is Feb. 9, and our Democratic caucuses (as opposed to the Feb. 9 contests in Louisiana, Nebraska, and the Virgin Islands) hold the biggest prize on that day: 97 delegates.
At this point it’s anyone’s guess as to whether we’ll matter. Which means it might as well be your guess. So:
Will Washington’s Feb. 9 Democratic caucuses matter in the Democratic nomination fight?