Kucinich Urges Supporters To Choose Obama On Second "Ballot"

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On Thursday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich might actually swing the results of the caucus, which is why I'm passing this along.

Kucinich's supporters could help Obama in non-liberal precincts where the two or three Kucinich supporters could wind up enlarging Obama's preference groups just enough to get that extra delegate...

Note: Last cycle, the Edwards and Kucinich campaigns agreed to tell their supporters to join each other's preference groups if one or the other didn't make "threshold." Edwards advisers now believe that the deal hurt them more than it helped them.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

DES MOINES, IA– Democratic Presidential candidate and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich opened the New Year by publicly asking his Iowa supporters to vote for him in the caucuses this Thursday, and suggesting that if he did not make the 15% threshold, their second ballot should be for Senator Barack Obama. "This is obviously an 'Iowa-only' recommendation, as Sen. Obama and I are competing in the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday where I want to be the first choice of New Hampshire voters.

"I hope Iowans will caucus for me as their first choice this Thursday, because of my singular positions on the war, on health care, and trade. This is an opportunity for people to stand up for themselves. But in those caucus locations where my support doesn't reach the necessary threshold, I strongly encourage all of my supporters to make Barack Obama their second choice. Sen. Obama and I have one thing in common: Change."


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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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