Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Last night's caucus was unbelievable. Clara and I headed out to the Northfield Middle School at about 6:25, and hit bumper-to-bumper traffic about half a mile before we reached the school. Instead of continuing on to the middle school parking lot, we turned off early and parked in the still-empty lot at the nearby elementary school. By the time we returned to the car 45 minutes later, that lot was entirely full, too. We walked the rest of the way to the middle school, passing dozens of cars as they crawled along the road. When we arrived at the school, we stood in line for more than half an hour before we reached the sign-in table and received our ballots. According the Minnesota secretary of state's caucus results website, 3,102 votes were cast at our caucus location last night. Of those votes, 2,201 were for Obama, and 870 were for Clinton. In our precinct, which includes Carleton College, Obama captured nearly 85% of the vote. College students, availing themselves of a free shuttle service to the caucus from the center of campus, came out in force for Obama. I hope that if Hillary Clinton ends up as the Democratic nominee, these young Obama voters will still feel motivated to turn out and vote for the Democratic ticket.
My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .
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