Caucus Problems In Texas

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The Clinton campaign said tonight that Obama precinct workers illegally obtained caucus packets in the following Texas caucus precincts:

Precinct 2316 in Tarrant County
Precinct 1205 in Dallas County
Precinct 3127 in Bexar County
Precinct 3082 in Ft. Bend County
Precinct 18/224 in Harris County (Houston)
Precinct 3221 Dallas county
Precinct 87 in El Paso County
Precinct 458 in Travis County

Basically, whoever "gets the packet" controls the caucus. Technically, before the caucus begins at 7:15 CT, the packet is controlled by the precinct judge. But in reality, it might just be laying on a table somewhere. The Clinton campaign claims to have evidence that Obama supporters have, in eight instances, obtained in far in advance, which violates the rules set out by the state party.

There's nothing the state party can or will do. They're overwhelmed at the moment.

"I think it's fair to say that we are going to make sure that our folks know that they can object to the decisions of the chair. We're going to make sure that we raise our objections," says Guy Cecil, Clinton's national political director.

Cecil stopped short of saying that the campaign intends to challenge the results in any way.... the Clinton campaign knows it will be seen as obstructionist if it utters the word "lawsuits"

Objectively, the process seems very messy and the state party seems in over its head.

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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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