Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Texas Primary Settles Nothing

Well, it looks like the Dems are going to go right down to the wire after Hillary Clinton eked out a victory in Texas and won handily in Ohio last night. The polls giving her a slight edge here turned out to be right on.

However, the vote totals are close and the caucuses may wind up favoring Barack Obama, so he could still wind up with more Texas delegates than Clinton. You can view the latest unofficial caucus results here.

Frankly, I’m a bit surprised Obama didn’t rally in Texas, but one thing you learn after living in Austin awhile is that politics often look a lot different here than they do in the rest of the state. Even lifelong Texans in Austin have to fight this tendency toward bubble-vision.

That said, the Obama/Clinton contest was really more of an urban/rural divide than Austin vs. Texas. Obama easily carried Houston and Dallas, but it wasn’t enough to offset Hillary’s numbers in West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

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