Posted Feb. 5, 2008 – The polls taken after the votes are cast today are the only ones that count, so folks living in “super states” who think their votes don’t make that much of a difference would be foolish to stay home.
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Monday, Democratic and Republican candidates jetted coast to coast in hopes of delivering that one last stump speech that would sway one more undecided voter.
The two Dems left in the race, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), are locked statistical dead heats in a number of key states, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday. The poll shows Obama with 49 percent and Clinton with 46 percent.
But the problem with the accuracy of such polls is that you never know what people will do once they pull that curtain to cast their votes.
You may recall Obama went into the New Hampshire primary with a 14-percent advantage over Clinton. He lost to Clinton by a 3-percent margin.
Republicans haven’t had polling upsets thus far; the same CNN/Opinion poll has Arizona Sen. John McCain leading with 44 percent to Romney's 29 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with only one win in the early primary states, is trailing with 18 percent.
Both of the Democratic frontrunners have campaign ads running in more than a half dozen of the “super states,” the hottest of which is a video on the Internet produced by Will.I.am, a member of the pop group The Blackeye Peas.
The black-and-white video takes an Obama speech, titles it “Yes we can,” adds music, and fills it with Hollywood “A”-list stars to sing the chorus. The four-and-a-half-minute tribute to the Illinois senator was the No. 1 video on YouTube and widely circulated by folks. (His campaign has also posted a very moving video featuring a student from historically Black Benedict College in South Carolina, which is worth checking out.)
On the eve of Super Tuesday, Clinton opted for a Hallmark channel interactive town hall. Obama made the rounds in the Northeast and headed back home to Chicago, weather permitting.
Today the voters will participate in the final poll that counts.